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Man Arrested in Attack on French Train Hero


Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers Jr. announces the arrest of James Tran, Nov. 4, 2015, who is charged with the attempted homicide of Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone during an altercation in October, in Sacramento, California.

Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers Jr. announces the arrest of James Tran, Nov. 4, 2015, who is charged with the attempted homicide of Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone during an altercation in October, in Sacramento, California.

Police in California have arrested a 28-year-old man in the stabbing of a U.S. soldier who helped thwart a terrorist attack on a French train in August.

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone was stabbed three times in the torso on Oct. 8 in a fight near a bar in Sacramento. The attack occurred shortly after Stone left a nightclub where patrons applauded him for helping to tackle a gunman with ties to radical Islam on a Paris-bound passenger train.

Police say the assault had nothing to do with the European terror plot, but involved an alcohol-fueled fight between two groups in a popular nightclub district. They have not said what led to the argument, but that there is no indication the assailants knew who Stone was.

Stone, 23, has since been released from the hospital and was promoted to staff sergeant from airman 1st class.

In August, Stone suffered a knife wound to the neck and a severely cut thumb when he and two childhood friends stopped the attempted terror attack. Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and college student Anthony Sadler were vacationing in Europe when they tackled Ayoub El-Khazzani, who was carrying a Kalashnikov rifle, pistol and box cutter.

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