Christopher Patino helped to rescue Nicole Bean from assault, Henrietta, New York, January 25, 2011. Nicole, 17, was walking through a grocery store when the man with her produced a kitchen knife and without provocation stabbed her repeatedly. She screamed for help. Customers, including Christopher, 16, high school student, and a friend approached the corner of the store where the assault was taking place. Coming into view of the scene, Christopher saw the knife and that Nicole was bloodied. He immediately rushed the assailant, shoved him off Nicole, and struggled against him. His friend also responded and, joining in the struggle, removed the knife from the assailant. As Christopher, joined by another man, took the assailant to the floor and secured him, his friend removed Nicole from the immediate scene. Police arrived shortly and arrested the assailant. Nicole was hospitalized for treatment of numerous stab wounds and lacerations. Christopher sustained a minor injury to his hand, from which he recovered.
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