BARCELONA -- The intervention of an Ecuadorian immigrant Tuesday saved a woman from being killed by her ex-boyfriend, who was stabbing the victim on a Barcelona street in the presence of numerous witnesses.
"You don't even kill a pig like that," the Ecuadorian whose first name is Wilson told Efe, adding that he took on the attacker by instinct.
Wilson was driving by in his vehicle where the attack took place, near the famed Sagrada Familia cathedral, when he saw the man attack the victim, who is in serious but not life-threatening condition at a Barcelona hospital.
"I was coming from work. I saw what was happening and I jumped in. That's all," said the Barcelona resident, regretting that other passers-by who were closer than he was to the couple "hid behind the parked cars instead of doing something."
Wilson took on the assailant, who was arrested on charges of attempted homicide, with a metal tool he uses in his work and carries in the trunk of his vehicle.
"He kept stabbing her even when she was on the ground, so I stopped the car to grab my work tools and stop him," he told Efe.
With the help of two other passers-by, Wilson managed to stop the attacker from venting his anger on the woman, who was now lying on the ground, so that she was able to take refuge in her car.
When the aggressor turned on him and approached the vehicle with a knife in his hand, Wilson threw several tools at him to keep him from attacking the woman again, until shortly afterwards the police arrived, according to witnesses.
"The man had gone crazy and never stopped threatening us," he said.
The man and woman were apparently walking peacefully down the street when, without saying a word, the assailant took out a kitchen knife that he carried hidden on his person and began to stab the woman.
The attacker, who has no prior criminal record, offered no resistance when police arrived on the scene to arrest him. EFE