The 64-year-old man named Donald Sacco was on his way to the senior center to play some bingo. Both he and the attacker had just gotten off the bus during morning rush hour traffic in southern Orange County, Florida. Fifty-year-old Thomas Thorpe tried to steal the man’s bag and actually stabbed him about four times in the abdomen.
During the stabbing, a driver in traffic witnessed what was happening. He said it looked like the attacker was punching the older guy, who was trying to fend off Thorpe with his cane. So, the concealed carrying driver got out of his car and rushed to the scene, instructed the attacker to drop his knife, and held him there at gunpoint until police arrived.
Sacco was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment and is expected to survive the injury. Thorpe faces several charges in the stabbing including attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery.
Just think if this had taken place in Chicago or New York City. Sacco would have probably become yet another statistic. Another stabbing victim whose killer wouldn’t have been worth even investigating by police.