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Archive for Sunday, May 20, 2001

Samaritans stop attack outside club

Idaho trio credited with life-saving effort in Garden City

May 20, 2001

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— Police credit three men who came to the aid of a woman as she was being stabbed with saving her life.

The woman's assailant was disarmed and taken to jail after the incident late Thursday.

"There's no doubt that the three Samaritans probably saved the victim's life," Garden City Police Capt. Mike Utz said Friday.

The 37-year-old woman was treated at a hospital for multiple stab wounds to her face, body and arms.

Her former husband, 48, was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated assault. He had not yet been charged.

Utz said the woman was in the Grain Bin Night Club with a friend when the ex-husband came in and asked her to go outside.

As they sat in his car, the man pulled a knife and started stabbing her and she was cut again as she tried to grab the knife, Utz said.

He said the woman was able to get out of the car but the man followed and stabbed her several more times.

The three men heard the victim's screams and rushed to her defense in the parking lot. Lee Van Kleeck, who is from Idaho, called police, while Andy Keeter, 44, of Deerfield, and Andrew Fitzgerald, 40, of Soshone, Idaho, confronted the assailant.

"They were able to kick the knife from his hand and stop the attack," Utz said.

"At that point the victim ran into the nightclub to get assistance."

The Idaho men were reportedly in Garden City on a business trip, Utz said.

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