Robert D. Reinhart, Jr., rescued Ruth E. Quinones from assault, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, February 27, 1996. Ms. Quinones, 26, was in the first-floor lobby of a building when a man entered the building and began to stab her. Reinhart, 40, responded to the scene after hearing a commotion there. Although warned that the assailant was armed with a knife, he approached and pulled the assailant off Ms. Quinones, who then fled outside to the parking lot. Reinhart and the assailant struggled, until the assailant broke free, ran after Ms. Quinones, and resumed his attack on her, first stabbing a woman who was attempting to help her. Reinhart followed the assailant from the building and pushed him away from Ms. Quinones, taking him to the pavement. Other men arrived and helped disarm and subdue the assailant until police responded shortly and arrested him. Ms. Quinones was hospitalized a week for treatment of numerous stab wounds. Reinhart received abrasions during the struggle, but he recovered.
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Robert D. Reinhart, Jr. 61, of East Petersburg, Pa., died on Feb. 19, 2017. In April 1997, Reinhart received the Carnegie Medal for his actions on Feb. 27, 1996, when he rescued a woman from an assault by a man with a knife outside a Lancaster, Pa., building. Lancaster City Council and the police chief honored Reinhart’s heroism during a June 1996 council meeting, the Intelligencer Journal in Lancaster reported.
“There is little doubt, had it not been for the courageous intervention of Mr. Reinhart, officers would have arrested the man for murder rather than aggravated assault,” Chief Michael L. Landis said at the time.
(Edited from an obituary published at LancasterOnline.com.)