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This is the moment a retired soldier heroically saves his neighbour and her daughter from an apparent knife-wielding intruder and manages to scare the man away despite allegedly being stabbed four times.
Zhangping City resident Chen Jiangqiao, 47, from East China’s Fujian Province, survived the incident with wounds measuring 10 and three inches on his back and neck.
CCTV footage dated 29th July shows the suspect, surnamed Shen, showing up at the door of Chen’s neighbour, Ms Wu.
Ms Wu’s daughter answers the door, and the robber immediately pulls it open and tries to enter the home, leaving mother and daughter wrestling the intruder in the doorway.
Ms Wu’s daughter recalled: “We opened the door a bit and saw a stranger wearing a cap and a mask.
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“He tried to come in, so I tried to block him at the door, but he pulled the door open in a few seconds.”
Chen said: “I initially thought it was a domestic. I really didn’t expect a robbery in broad daylight.
“I saw the robber holding [Ms Wu’s] daughter by the neck, pointing a knife at her.
“I spoke to him for about a minute, saying we could talk things through. I told him to put down his knife.”
But the suspect did not listen and reportedly charged at Chen, stabbing him multiple times before the former soldier managed to shove him down a flight of steps, CCTV video shows.
The crook escaped and was later caught by the police, but Chen, having been stabbed four times on the neck and back, collapsed from blood loss.
Li Wenjiang, deputy director of Zhangping Central Hospital, recalled: “There was blood everywhere. The stretcher was full of it. His vital signs were very low and he was unconscious.
“He was wheeled straight into surgery for an emergency operation.
“The laceration on his back measured about 25 centimetres (10 inches), and the one on his neck was big too – about 8 centimetres (3 inches).
“Had the cut been made a little bit further up [his neck], he may not have made it.”
Having since recovered from the ordeal, Chen is being hailed a hero by his neighbours, officials from his former army unit, as well as Chinese state media.
Ms Wu said: “We feel very safe having someone like this around us.”
It is unclear if the suspect has been charged.
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