After a Perry County district judge was stabbed at a Hazard restaurant Friday, a bystander shoved the attacker through a window, police said.
Judge Leigh Anne Stephens could not be reached for comment. According to a news release from the Perry County Sheriff's Department, Stephens was treated at Hazard ARH Hospital and released.
Stephens was eating lunch at Circle T restaurant at 1519 Combs Road about 1:30 p.m. when Ronnie D. Brock of Hazard grabbed a steak knife and attacked her, the release said.
A customer in the restaurant, Victor Gainer, came to Stephens' defense and tackled Brock, propelling both men through a plate glass window; Gainer then pinned Brock on the sidewalk until sheriff's deputies arrived, Gainer said.
"A lot of people was in there, and I figured I better get him outside," Gainer said.
Gainer said he saw a man approach the judge. At first, he said, it looked as if he was patting her on the back.
But then Stephens started screaming.
Gainer said he yelled, distracting the man so the judge could escape. Gainer then grabbed a chair and cornered the man. Gainer said that when he saw Stephens was out of harm's way, he used the chair to ram the man through the window.
Gainer, 43, of Whitesburg, said he knew Stephens through his work as a student engagement coordinator at Hazard Community and Technical College, but he had never seen the attacker before.
Brock was treated for cuts he sustained from crashing through the window. He was then taken to the Kentucky River Regional Jail and charged with attempted murder, the news release said. Gainer was not injured.
Deputies had not established a clear motive for the attack Friday night. Chief Deputy Tony Eversole said Brock was under a domestic violence order from 2004 issued in Stephens' court.
"That's the last we can tell that he ever had contact with her," Eversole said.
Gainer said police thanked him for his help, but Gainer said he would have done the same for anyone.
"I just went on and did what I had to do," he said.