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Man saves woman from ex during stabbing at Starbucks

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A man is being called a good Samaritan after stepping in to save a woman from a man with a machete inside a Starbucks. 

A man chased a woman – reportedly his ex – into a Starbucks in southwest Bakersfield Sunday, prepared to stab her with a weapon police have said was a knife, but possibly a machete. What happened next left she and a “Good Samaritan” with critical stab injuries. But that Good Samaritan, may have saved the woman’s life. 

Just before noon on Sunday, a woman was chased into a Starbucks by a man who had previously dated her, according to Bakersfield police. 

His weapon was described by police as an edged knife, possibly a machete. 

The suspect stabbed her, but he also stabbed a stranger, Blaine Hodge, who jumped in to help when he saw the woman being assaulted. Witnesses called him a good Samaritan. 

Both victims were taken to an area hospital. On Sunday night, they were reported in critical but stable condition.

Officers found the suspect around the corner from the Starbucks in the 5100 block of Marsha Street following the stabbing. He was expected to be booked into Kern County Jail.