Michael A. Maltby rescued Dawn E. Erikson from assault, Sacramento, California, September 16, 1999. At night, Ms. Erikson, 54, was attacked by a man armed with a knife on the patio of the apartment building where she lived. She screamed for help, attracting the attention of Maltby, 28, high school teacher, who lived on the second floor of the building. Armed with a wooden sword, Maltby ran downstairs to the patio, where the assailant was atop Ms. Erikson in an elevated flowerbed, having stabbed her several times. Discarding the sword, Maltby grasped the assailant, who then threatened Maltby, and the two men struggled. When the assailant picked up the sword, Maltby grabbed him from behind. The assailant tripped and fell down a few steps nearby, then stood and fled the scene. He was shortly apprehended by police. Ms. Erikson was hospitalized two days for treatment of multiple stab wounds.
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