Edwin Hernandez rescued a woman from assault, Reading, Pennsylvania, April 18, 2008. A 65-year-old woman was in the living room of her residence, which adjoined a small store that she operated. Her son entered the room and, without provocation, began to punch her and another woman who was present. The other woman escaped to the outside and called 911 as the assailant continued to attack his mother, severely injuring her, and he then threw a wall unit at her, pinning her to the floor. Hernandez, 31, general contractor, was walking nearby when the other woman alerted him to the attack. He entered the store and proceeded to the living room. There, he heard the 65-year-old woman pleading for help from beneath the wall unit as the assailant was thrusting an 18-inch shard of glass at her through the unit’s openings. Hernandez lifted the wall unit from her, but then the assailant threatened him with the shard. Hernandez pushed the wall unit toward the assailant to block him and then lifted the woman and took her into the storeroom and outside to safety. Police arrived soon and arrested the assailant. Both women required hospital treatment for their injuries.
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