Mike Boone of Washington, D.C., turns good samaritan, now faces medical bills
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Mike Boone is recovering from eight stab wounds.
"It's painful for sure, but healing really well," said Boone.
Boone, who's a bartender at Trusty's on Capitol Hill, was off the night he offered to walk a woman home whom he had just met.
"I always do... all the guys... somebody always walks somebody home from there every night," he explained.
It was after last call when the two walked down the block, and turned onto 15th Street in the Southeast DC neighborhood.
Boone described how a guy jumped out from the bushes or alley and grabbed the woman's purse. Then Boone took the purse back, attacked the guy, and they wrestled each other on the ground.
"Before I knew it, he had gotten up and ran away," said Boone. "I had lifted up my shirt and I was gushing from places. Last thing I remember was dropping down to the ground."
Boone says he didn't even know he was getting stabbed with a six-inch pocket knife. Aside from the eight stabbings, he suffered from a collapsed lung and underwent two surgeries. Unable to work and without any health insurance, Boone now faces huge medical bills, in the tens of thousands of dollars.
To help, Trustees bar is holding a fundraiser Wednesday night, where dozens of businesses are pitching in.
"We asked people for help and a lot of people and bars donated gift certificates to raffle off," said Trusty's General Manager Adam Maradian.
If you thought the incident raises any doubts in Boone's mind about risking his life again. He says he has no regrets.
"When I see somebody in need, I'm not going to walk away from it," said Boone.
DC Metro Police did catch the stabbing suspect partly because he dropped and left his ID and even parole papers at the crime scene.