Good Samaritan gets 200 stitches after saving woman from ex-boyfriend's machete attack
Blaine Hodge got 200 stitches for intervening in a domestic spat where a man attempted to attack his former girlfriend with a machete
A man from California has been dubbed a 'hero' for intervening in a domestic spat and saving the life of a woman being attacked by her ex-boyfriend wielding a machete. The incident took place at a branch of Starbucks.
Blaine Hodge, 27, ended up getting seriously injured after he jumped in front of the violent man in an attempt to save the woman. The attack occurred at a branch of Starbucks when 31-year-old Robert Rivas allegedly entered the coffee shop and chased his former lover while wielding a machete. According to WTVM, Joe Harris, a friend who was with Hodge, said, "She panicked. She was saying, 'Help me.' Then, at one point, she said, 'This guy's going to kill me."
"Everyone else was running away, and he was the first person to run straight to the action," Harris said referring to his friend Hodge. "He was like, 'I'm going to stop this guy regardless if I get stabbed or not." Hodge reportedly ran towards the machete-wielding man and as a result, was stabbed several times. Rivas was arrested and charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.
As reported by Fresno Bee, both Hodge and the woman were rushed to the hospital and were initially labeled as critical but in stable condition. The vicious attack left Hodge with 200 stitches and he had to undergo surgery on his right hand. It is still not known whether Hodge will be able to regain proper and full use of his right hand or fingers. "There was a person in danger and I couldn't just let her die," Hodge shared.
"I'm okay, it's still lit, it's always gonna be lit and I appreciate all your concerns and hopes and prayers that have been going up. I'm gonna make it out of this okay," he continued. Hodge's girlfriend Tori Tony said that she was not surprised at her boyfriend's determination to help the woman. "I believe it because it's him. I believe that he took a machete to the hands for someone else. He would do it again. He could lose an arm, and he would still do it again. And that's just Blaine," Tony said to WTVM.
In order to help Hodge with medical bills, a GoFundMe page was created. "Please donate if you can, or share to raise awareness of this model man who ran towards danger, risking it all to save a life," the page read.
Hodge's sister Faheemah Salahud-Din shared updates from Hodge's hospital room where he is recovering. "It has been a long painful day, but it has also been a day of joy, laughter, and resilience. Anyone who knows Blaine Hodge knows that he is always smiling, and that's exactly what he did today. We waited at the hospital with him from around noon to midnight and he was more concerned with us being sad than getting close to two hundred stitches," she wrote on Facebook.