A 12-year-old boy is being hailed a hero after saving his great-grandparents from a potential double-murder by wrestling a knife away from his older brother and hurling it out the window, authorities say.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said 20-year-old Lucien Johnston had been riding in the car with his great-grandparents and younger brother when he got into an argument with his great-grandparents, and “began stabbing both from the backseat,” according to a news release.
The quick-thinking 12-year-old wrestled the pocket knife away from Johnston and threw it out the window, saving the lives of his 76-year-old great grandfather and 92-year-old great grandmother.
“The real hero in this ordeal is a 12-year-old that was also in the backseat at the time of the brutal attack,” Gonzalez said in the release. “He managed to wrestle the knife away from Johnston & threw it out the window, which successfully stopped the attack.”
Sheriff’s Sgt. John Klafka told NBC News Johnston allegedly began stabbing the couple after they told him he could no longer live with them due to recent behavior issues and told him he would need to stay with a friend until he could be evaluated for the issues by a doctor.
Klafka said the news “set him off.”
The 12-year-old boy flew into action to spare his grandparent's lives.
"What I did was I grabbed him from behind. I pulled him backwards trying to get him away from grandma," the boy, identified as Sacha, told KTRK.
Sacha said he was successfully able to grab the knife, but Johnston bent his finger back in the process leaving it “still sore.”
“He head-butted me, which I have a loose tooth from that, but I do not really care.”
Johnston fled the scene and was arrested Monday at a friend’s house. He is facing two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Johnston is currently undergoing mental health evaluations in jail and is being held on a $80,000 bond.
The injured great-grandparents were able to drive themselves to the hospital where they were both treated for their injuries and released.
The boy’s great-grandfather received two stitches in his neck. His wife received five staples in her head from the injuries, NBC News reports.
Gonzalez said the 12-year-old’s efforts to thwart the attack “truly prevented a double-murder.”
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