California man steps in front of machete save woman at Starbucks: report

Blaine Hodge has allegedly stepped in front of a man with a machete on Sunday to help a woman in Bakersfield, California, is being attacked.


A California man is being credited for heroism after he reportedly jumped in front of a woman who was allegedly attacked by a machete-wielding man.

Blaine Hodge, 27, was at a Starbucks in Bakersfield on Sunday, when a woman ran into the store, convinced that someone is trying to kill her, KGET-TV reported.


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“She was in a panic. They say ‘help me’, and then at one point she said, ” This man is going to kill me,'” Hodge’s friend, Joe Harris, told the news station.

Harris said a man walked into the store, while ” he held something in his hand.”

That’s when Hodge stepped in.

“Everyone was running away and he was the first person immediately to the action,” Harris told KGET. “He was like: ‘I’m going to stop this man, regardless if I put or not. I can’t let this woman die.'”

Hodge was allegedly invested “many times” during the encounter, and required nearly 200 stitches.

The woman also suffered injuries in the attack, and remains in critical condition, KBAK reported.

A GoFundMe page created for Hodge said he loses use of his right hand, and that he has upwards of six weeks of recovery.

Hodge’s girlfriend, Tori Toney, told the station that she was not surprised by her boyfriend’s actions and that she “believe[s] it, he took a machete to the hands for someone else.”

“He would do it again. He loses an arm and he would still do it again. And that’s just Blaine,” she said.

The man who allegedly had the machete was identified as 31-year-old Robert Daniel Rivas. He was reportedly charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

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