Boys spring to action when young woman is stabbed in store - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Boys spring to action when young woman is stabbed in store

HENRIETA, NY (NBC) - Two New York teens became heroes after they rescued a woman from a knife-wielding attacker in a grocery story.

Chris Patino and Mustafa Said went to the Wegman's Grocery to buy candy when they heard screaming from another aisle. They soon found someone stabbing Nicole Bean over and over.

Patino immediately threw himself at the attacker, who was later identified as Kevin Minemier, the victim's boyfriend.

"I just grabbed him and punched him back, and then he dropped the knife and somehow got the knife back," said Patino.

Said took the knife from Minemier and tossed it away, but not before the blade cut tendons in his hand.

While pinning the attacker on the ground, Patino said Minemier thanked him.

"I don't know. I guess he really, probably deep inside, he didn't want to do it, but he lost control and he just felt bad, and said 'Thank you for stopping me,'" Patino said.

Patino and Said were praised for their efforts.

"They are absolutely heroes. The video shows them running towards the fight," said Monroe County Sheriff's Capt. Drew Forsyth. "If they didn't intercede when they did in the manner they did, that it's our belief that she would have died from the attack."

Police said surveillance video showed Bean Minemier hugging prior to the attack, which appeared to be unprovoked.

Minemier was charged with attempted murder in the attack on Bean and assault because of the cut on Said's hand.

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