Hero serviceman on train is BJJ blue belt, choked out terrorist
Americans Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler were on a train from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday when a man armed with an AK-47 rifle with nine magazines and a box cutter started attacking passengers. The trio took the terrorist to the ground, disarmed him, and subdued him, with no loss of life.
Sadler, a college student, was visiting his friends Skarlatos, an Army National Guard specialist stationed in Afghanistan, and Stone, an Air Force airman stationed in Portugal. Stone is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, training in Portugal, and put the attacker to sleep with a rear naked choke.
Now the Portuguese language JiuJitsuportugal.com reports that Stone, who works at the US Air Force base of Lajes on Terceira Island, Azores, Portugal, trains at the local branch of Gracie Lisbon there.
Contacted by JiuJitsuPortugal, the Team Gracie Lisbon branch instructor Simon Reis, said that the serviceman sustained some injuries, but is out of danger.
Sadler told Eurovision the trio heard heard a gunshot and glass breaking from the rear carriage, and then an armed man entering their carriage, holding an automatic weapon threateningly.
“Alek just yells, ‘Spencer go!’ and Spencer just gets up within five seconds of the guy being in the car and just rushes back there,” said Sadler. “He gets up, I get up and Alek gets up and all three of us just rush back there.”
Sadler said that Stone took the terrorist down, and that as the three were attempting to subdue him, a fourth passenger, Chris Norman joined the effort. The attacker then pulled a box cutter, slashing Stone, and nearly severing his finger according to his family.
“If anybody is a hero, it is pretty much Spencer,” said Sadler. “He was bleeding himself, could barely see, blood running down his own face.”
Skarlatos told Sky News how Stone, undeterred by the injury, choked the terrorist out.
“I grabbed the handgun, got that away from the guy and threw it,” he said, as transcribed by the BBC. “Then I grabbed the AK-47, which was at his feet, and started muzzle-bumping him in the head with it. Everybody just started beating the guy while Spencer held the chokehold until he went unconscious.”
Stone’s mother, Joyce Eskel, spoke about the incident with ABC affiliate KXTV-TV in Sacramento, California.
“I just wish he didn’t have to get hurt,” she said. “But they saved lives.”
President Obama called Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler to commend them for their heroism. Obama also wished Stone a “full and speedy recovery, and expressed how proud all Americans are of their extraordinary bravery.”
Stone was released from a hospital in Lille, France, on Saturday.
This video shows the immediate aftermath of the incident:
Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler
The BJJ Kid, in Portugal
Stone on bottom defending a Kimura attempt.
Stone (black gi) training in Portugal
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