Last weekend, three U.S. Marines prevented a potential stabbing at a Chick-fil-A restaurant in North Stafford, Virginia. According to the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, two men attempted to steal another man’s phone when three Marines heard the struggle and quickly intervened.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place on April 1st at approximately 1:41 p.m. when Deputy E.E. Donkor responded to the disturbance at the restaurant. Witnesses reported that one male was approached by two others and after a brief argument, a physical altercation ensued. One of the two males then pulled a knife on the victim.
The three Marines quickly jumped into action and attempted to separate the parties. One of the Marines was even able to break the knife in half to prevent further harm. The two suspects then fled the scene and the victim’s phone was stolen. However, a deputy in the area managed to spot two males matching the description of the attackers. The pair, who were 14 and 17, were both arrested and the victim’s phone was returned.
Department public information officer Ryan Wilbur said, “On April 1st at approximately 1:41 p.m. Deputy E.E. Donkor responded to a disturbance at Chick-fil-a, located at 25 Dunn Drive,” he said. “Witnesses advised one male was approached by two others. The three got into a brief argument before a physical altercation ensued.”
“Three nearby Marines quickly jumped into action and attempted to separate the parties,” Wilbur stated. “One of them broke the knife in half to prevent further harm, and the two suspects quickly fled.”
Criminal complaints were filed for assault and battery, robbery, and attempted felony wounding for the 17-year-old, and assault and battery, as well as robbery for the 14-year-old.
The Sheriff’s Office issued a statement of gratitude to the Marines for their quick thinking and heroic actions. Without them, the altercation could have been a lot worse.
“Thank you to the hero Marines who stepped up in order to protect the victim,” Wilbur said. “Without you, this altercation could have been a lot worse.”