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A California man was reportedly stabbed repeatedly after he bravely stepped in to rescue a woman being targeted by a machete-wielding man.
Blaine Hodge, 27, was inside a Bakersfield Starbucks on Sunday with his friend Joe Harris when a woman burst into the cafe. She was running away from her ex Robert Daniel Rivas, 31, who was allegedly chasing her with a machete in broad daylight, KGET-TV in Bakersfield reported.
"She was panicked. She was saying 'Help me' and then at one point she said, 'This guy's going to kill me,'” Harris told the media outlet.
Then, Harris said he saw Rivas enter the Starbucks holding a machete. As others ran, his friend Hodge stepped right in.
"Everyone else was running away and he was the first person to run straight to the action," Harris said. "He was like, 'I'm going to stop this guy, regardless if I get stabbed or not. I can't let this woman die."
Hodge was in fact stabbed saving the woman. He has reportedly suffered deep cuts to both hands and as of Monday the fingers on his right hand are unable to move. He also suffered lacerations to his arms and one of his knees. He's needed 200 stitches and at least one surgery on his hand. A GoFundMe that appears to have been created by one of Hodge’s friends states he may lose his right hand completely.
The woman, who has not been identified, also suffered injuries in the attack. She remains in critical condition, KBAK in Bakersfield reported.
Rivas has been charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and resisting arrest and he has pleaded not guilty to the charges according to KGET. He was arrested in 2014 in connection with another domestic violence incident.
Hodge's Facebook indicates that he works as a security officer. He also makes music under the name of Static. He "is currently slated to release his album at the end of September, coincidentally titled ‘Mind of a Hero,'" the GoFundMe states.
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