On Wednesday, February 10th at around 9:30 am, a 52-year-old employee of the General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan was stabbed in the abdomen, back and neck with a steak knife by a 32-year-old woman who appeared to know her. Didarul Sarder was working for a valet service at the GM facility and stopped the attacker from causing more injury by presenting his firearm, for which he has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm. Didarul was asked to vacate the premises after saving the woman.
James Fouts, the Mayor of Warren, had heard that Didarul had been fired by the valet service because his contract says he cannot carry a weapon. The Detroit Free Press quoted Mayor Fouts:
“In my opinion, if it’s true, the bottom line is he should be given his job back. He clearly saved someone’s life. … You ought to reward heroism, not terminate it.”
Michael Albano, a spokesman for GM said:
“Because this is an ongoing investigation we cannot comment. However, we can say GM has not requested the valet be dismissed. To our knowledge the valet remains an employee of the vendor.”
Employees of the GM Tech Center agree with the mayor that the valet was a hero for stopping the attack and possibly saving the woman’s life. The woman was rushed into surgery and is in critical condition.
Once again, a good guy with a gun stopped an attacker from doing further damage and possibly saved a life. Just the presence of a firearm was enough to stop the attack. Let’s hope Didarul gets to keep his job and the valet company revises it stance on legally concealed firearms carried for defense.
The female attacker was taken into custody. This may have been a case of domestic violence.