Teenage have-a-go hero steps in to save heavily pregnant woman during brutal knife attack
A teenage have-a-go hero stepped in to save a heavily pregnant woman, covered head to toe in blood, after he saw her being attacked in the street.
Christian Blundell, 17, from Sutton Coldfield, West Mids, risked his life to come to the woman’s aid, but claimed “I am not a hero”.
A 41-year-old man was arrested in Sutton Coldfield town centre yesterday (4 March) around 3:15pm after a woman was found critically injured following a stabbing.
The woman, aged 40, was flown by air ambulance at around 4pm to hospital where the baby was delivered, according to reports by an emergency C-section.
The baby is said to be doing well, while the woman remains in a critical condition.
A police cordon remains in place this morning (5 March) around the scene at Trinity Hill, Sutton Coldfield.
Christian and another man have suffered minor hand injuries after intervening in the disorder.
Police officers were alerted to the incident when they were flagged down by passers-by and immediately detained the suspect in connection with the assault on suspicion of attempted
Christian and his friends had been on their way to get food when they heard screaming and ran over to investigate.
They discovered the woman covered in a blood being attacked by the assailant.
Christian stepped in to collar the suspect and when police arrived helped to treat the woman.
Christian, a drama student at Birmingham Ormiston Academy, said: “I was only doing my civic duty, I do not class myself as a hero.
“I never thought I’d see that much blood, I’ve never felt so panicked in my life.
“I was so worried I couldn’t tell if she was alive or dead, her hair was soaked red, I couldn’t even tell what colour her natural hair was.
“The image of her on the floor is something that I will never be able to not see, you don’t forget that kind of thing.
“I did think about the danger I was in, but I’m not somebody who would let an incident pass me by and I had to do something, I hate violence.
“I saw a man with a hood who looked around 40 or 50, there was a blade on the floor and he was swinging a black jagged handle.
“When I got to him he was punching the woman, we saw him punch her at least two times before we could get to her.
“My mate threw him off her and I grabbed him by the shoulder and the arm.
“I saw this guy had a weapon in his hand still and I just kept thinking I needed to keep it away from me.
“When the police arrived they moved people away then called me and my mates over to them.”
Christian then helped police and the woman while they waited for an ambulance to arrive and went to a local MacDonald’s to get a drink and coat to help keep the woman warm.
He also took napkins to help tend to her wounds.
Christian said: “I did everything I could to keep the woman stable while she lay on the floor.
“I had to wash the blood off my hands afterwards and tried to help her with her wounds before an ambulance arrived.
“The woman was breathing but did not say anything, she was unresponsive.
“I really did think she was dead and thought we’d got there too late and just kept thinking we need to get this sorted.
“The old man who was there as well also did the best he could, we were frustrated about how long it took me and my friends to get to the woman and felt bad that we weren’t there to
“I got the woman a coat and drink to try and help her in some way and some napkins from MacDonald’s to try and wipe the blood away.
“It is the last thing anyone needs, let alone a heavily pregnant woman.
“I calmed down a bit when the air ambulance came and I watched as the police put the guy in the police van.
“Somebody passing by called the ambulance and I shouted at an ambulance driving past to stop and help.
“It felt like an age for the ambulance to come and when I looked at her it felt like I was staring at her forever.
“The police said that we’d done well and that we had taken the law into our own hands, but we had shown that the people of Sutton Coldfield are good citizens.
“I did what anybody should do in that situation, I feel bad for bad for getting my mum so worried, but called her as soon as I possibly could.
“I couldn’t sleep Friday night, it’s all I could think about all evening, I couldn’t get over what had happened.
“I hope others would follow what I did and be a good person in that situation.”
Christian happened to passing by with his friends to get food when he heard cries for help.
Christian said: “The first thing I knew was when an old man screamed help and that someone was being attacked.
“Me and three of my mates jogged up to where the screaming was and saw this woman covered from head to toe in blood.
“At the time I had been walking from Sutton Market with some of my friends towards MacDonald’s to get food.
“When we heard the screaming we thought it was two drunken men fighting, and I was so freaked out by the fact that she was pregnant and covered in so much blood so quickly.
“I cannot believe that this happened in broad daylight and in public, as soon as I got to the police station for them to take my statement and I asked them how the baby and mum were doing.
“I just wanted to know that the child was alright.
“I would be devastated if the baby had been hurt, I was concerned about the woman as she looked like she was ready to give birth any day.
“She was about to become a mum, I could not stand that, I would feel so guilty if the child had died and we’d got there too late – thank god we got there when we did.
“I would love to see both mum and baby and check that they are both okay if I got the chance.”
Christian’s dad, Alan, 52, a plasterer said: “I am so proud of my son, the first thing I knew I had a call from my wife to say that Christian has been involved in an incident.
“My wife said that he’d phoned and he was really shook up and a bit teary.
“If my son and his mates had not been there, things could’ve ended very tragically.
“I am very proud that he had the moxie and stood up for the woman and stepped in to help out where he could.”
Mum Debbie, 49, who runs her own business said: “Christian rang me as soon as the police got there in a panic, he was talking to the police at the same time.
“I didn’t know how much had actually happened at the time, I got in the car immediately though and drove straight to him.
“I was up all night worrying too, we didn’t get out of the police station until gone midnight.
“I’m so proud of Christian and that he reacted the way he did in a fight or flight situation.
“But Christian is that kind of lad and wouldn’t ever not step in to help somebody out, it doesn’t matter who they are.
“As soon as I saw Christian I just threw my arms around with me and told him how proud I was, but to never worry me like that again.
“My son came out of it all okay, but as a mother you do worry, I just really hope the mum and baby are going to be okay.”
Force Incident Manager Julian Harper said: “This happened in a busy area but I would reassure the community that a man has been arrested and we are working hard to understand the circumstances that led up to the assault.
“What is clear at this early stage is that two members of the public bravely stepped into what was a dangerous and volatile situation, with complete disregard for their own safety and I commend them for their actions. Fortunately they suffered only minor injuries.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Cirmestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.