Fort Worth Good Samaritan stabbed in convenience store scuffle – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A Fort Worth man is recovering after stepping in to help a convenience store clerk only to find himself stabbed by the man he hoped to protect her from.
Bryce Baker said he often stopped at the Chevron gas station near I-35 and Berry Street, where he stopped with his family around 5:30 p.m. Monday night.
He had followed another man and was waiting in line when he noticed a disturbance at the checkout.
“I sat there for a good amount of time probably, you know, two, three, four minutes, you know, four or five minutes, which they were just shouting back and forth,” Baker said.
According to Fort Worth police, the store clerk asked the man, identified as James Gilmore, to leave after harassing customers.
It was then that Baker saw him pull something out of his pocket, which he would soon learn was a knife.
“Every time I saw his hand go up like that, I just went behind him and put them in a headlock and tried to back him up towards the door. I kicked. I ended up opening the door with my foot and went to throw him out. And then it’s every time he said, ‘Is this how we’re going to play?’ And then his hand went like this, and it stabbed me,” Baker said.
The two continued to fight as Baker’s wife, Trinity, and the couple’s children, aged three and one, watched from the car.
The two men left in an ambulance.
Although they didn’t realize it at first, Gilmore punctured Baker’s colon, resulting in five hours of surgery, a four-day hospitalization, and likely another six to eight weeks of downtime. work for Baker, who is the sole provider for the family.
Still, he said jumping to help was simply something he had to do.
“There were too many people there. And if something should break out, I didn’t want you to know, little children or, you know what I mean? There were a lot of little kids in the McDonalds so I wasn’t trying to get anyone really hurt,” he said.
Fort Worth police arrested Gilmore and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault.