Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Cops laud Mormons' bravery



  City police are praising two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after they rescued a teen near death on a darkened city street.

Though they feared for their own lives, the pair raced to an attack Sunday night that ended with a youth being stabbed in the chest.

"We were just walking down the street and saw one guy hit another one, and that guy hit the ground," one of the Mormon missionaries, known as Elder Minson, told the Sun early yesterday.

"We ran over and just started talking to them, trying to get them to calm down."

Moments later, after a brief fistfight between a 16-year-old and his attackers, one of the assailants stabbed the youth right in front of the peacemakers' eyes.


"The one guy started going after us, showing us his knife and saying it was our fault he got sucker punched," Minson said.

"I was scared we were going to get stabbed."

Then the knife-wielding punk took off.

Frightened, the two shaken witnesses led the bleeding teen to safety. He underwent emergency surgery Sunday and was in stable condition last night.

"He was bleeding from his mouth. I told him to lift up his shirt so I could see how bad he was hurt -- when he did, blood squirted everywhere," Minson said. "He was in shock. He was just so out of it."

Police are congratulating the Good Samaritans for their quick reaction.

"They helped as best they could," said District 1 Det. Ralph Dunn. "They could have walked away as most people do these days."


Police are continuing their hunt for two young-looking Caucasian male suspects, both in their late teens or early 20s.

One is about 6-ft.-2 with spiky blond hair, who was wearing a black jacket, dark pants and a radio earpiece. Police also said he may have bruising to the left side of his face after being punched by the victim.

The other suspect is about 5-ft.-10 with short brown hair, who was wearing a light-coloured jacket.

Anyone with information about the suspects or the stabbing is asked to call police at 266-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 262-8477.