SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A man who stepped in to help an elderly woman during an alleged robbery says he would do it again even though he was stabbed.
Jon Schultz says he didn’t hesitate to tackle a man to the ground after the man pushed an elderly woman and stole some medication from her.
Schultz went to rent a movie at the Redbox outside of Walgreens Wednesday night when he noticed something just didn’t seem right. That’s when he says James Michael Jordan pushed an elderly woman into her car and stole a bag of prescription medication from her.
“I ran over and grabbed him, and he turned around with his knife and got me in the stomach,” Schultz said.
He says it was just instinct to just jump in and help the woman out.
“It was a strange feeling because I knew. I mean, it was something I’ve never felt before, like if I don’t get control of this knife and get control of this guy he’s going to kill me. You know he was. He wasn’t messing around,” Schultz said.
Schultz says he was able to stop Jordan. But although injuries to his ribs, nose, and stomach are minor, they’re still affecting his work days.
“It did slow me down yesterday. Definitely, I’ve got to climb that ladder right there on the back of this truck to load the cement in the top of the truck, and that was hard to do with one hand cause this arm is not working very good,” Schultz said.
Although some might consider his actions to be heroic, he says anyone else would’ve done the same thing.
“Probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but you know after seeing what he did to that woman, it was you know all I was thinking about was getting him,” Schultz said.
Springfield police say if you ever notice anything suspicious happening, don’t be afraid to step in. But if you don’t feel comfortable intervening, you should at least call 9-1-1.