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Man stabbed while trying to stop attack in Vancouver

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Delrick Hardcastle said his motorcycle was stolen while he was being treated for a stab wound in the hospital. Delrick Hardcastle said his motorcycle was stolen while he was being treated for a stab wound in the hospital.
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Good Samaritan trying to stop a group of men from assaulting two people was stabbed last week.

Police said former Army Ranger Delrick Hardcastle, who was visiting from North Carolina, saw the assault happening near General Anderson Avenue in the early morning hours of Sept. 1.

Hardcastle said he did what anyone would do.

"It was just instincts. I wasn't really thinking most of the time," he said. "I don't like to see people, especially women, getting bullied and I hate gangs."

Hardcastle was going through the drive-thru of a Taco Bell restaurant in Vancouver. He stopped to talk to a female friend who was also getting food, but as she walked away, he noticed something was wrong.

"Another car pulled up beside them and I guess you could say (they) started propositioning her to do things for money," he said.

Four males jumped out of the car and began to attack the woman and her neighbor.

Hardcastle then rode over on his motorcycle to help, and he said the four men turned on him. One man took a swing at Hardcastle, but the ex-Army Ranger knocked him to the ground.

Hardcastle was then stabbed by one of the men who was armed with a 9- to 10-inch knife.

"I just felt all of this blood just gushing out my back," he said.

Hardcastle managed to get away, and used the shirt he ripped off one of his attackers to put pressure on the wound. Doctors said the knife missed his spine and kidney by only two inches.

The initial victim of the attack told FOX 12 she was grateful for Hardcastle's help.

Police have not made any arrests in the attack.

While Hardcastle was being treated in the hospital, he said his motorcycle was stolen. He's hoping tips from the public can help get it back.

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