Stabbing victim says he was saved by neighbor who opened fire on attacker

The victim said he believes he would have died if a neighbor hadn’t intervened.


The victim of a stabbing in Pennsylvania said he was saved when a neighbor intervened.

That neighbor said he opened fire on the attacker, who then drove off despite having a gunshot wound to the leg.

The incident happened a little before 7:30 a.m. Monday inside an apartment building in Pittsburgh's Mount Washington neighborhood.

According to a criminal complaint, the victim said he woke up to his friend, Juan Hernandez, 54, punching him in the face and stabbing him with a screwdriver.

The victim said he believes he would have died if a neighbor hadn't intervened.

That neighbor said they opened fire on Hernandez, who police said ran out to his vehicle and drove away.

Hernandez was pulled over two hours later and taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.

Police said the driver’s side window of his vehicle appeared to be broken from gunfire.

Hernandez was taken to the hospital for evaluation and later charged with multiple offenses including attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

A motive for the attack has not been determined, although one witness did say they knew Hernandez to be friends with the victim.

Police said Hernandez told them multiple stories about the attack, including claims that the victim was the one who shot him.

There's no word on when Hernandez will be arraigned on the charges he’s facing.