Church musician Gerald Madrid is the toast of New Mexico today after stopping a knife attack towards the end of the service in Albuquerque Westside church by pinioning the assailant with his body. Mr Madrid suffered five stab wounds.
‘I instinctively just dropped my flute and I rushed the guy,’ Madrid said from a hospital bed. ‘I rushed him. I never saw a knife, but I just rushed him. I bear-hugged him. We were chest on chest. I was wrapping about to take him down to ground, but I didn’t have his arms. I had just my arms around his chest, so his arms were free. So that’s when he started stabbing me.’
Madrid said he thought the suspect was punching him. It wasn’t until other parishioners rushed the man, that Madrid realized he had been stabbed five times. ‘I was fading in and out. I really thought I was going to die. But if I’m going to die there’s no other place I’d rather be at than my church.’
The knifeman is in custody. Here’s an AP report.
Nominations for Flute Player of the Year are now closed.