Patterson said he knew the white Jeep he saw at pump #3 early Thursday was out of place.
About seven miles from the Valero station the vehicle barreled through a yard on Greenwood Road, crashing into a pickup parked in a driveway, striking a tree and knocking out power to the home.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A woman was stabbed and her boyfriend is in police custody after a dispute that lead to the lockdown of two Louisville schools. But a store employee's actions may have prevented the confrontation from growing worse.
Marty Patterson works as a cook at the Valero convenience store on Algonquin Parkway. He said he knew the white Jeep he saw at pump #3 early Thursday was out of place. But the couple inside of the Jeep arguing really drew his attention.
"The lady was yelling for help," Patterson said. "It looked like he was trying to force her out of the car. She was holding on, trying to keep from getting out."
His gut told him that the woman had sought out the store for safety.
"She ran in saying 'Help, me, help me help me!'" Patterson said. "And she was bleeding."
The man threw the SUV into gear and headed down Cane Run Road, but before he could leave Patterson got the Jeep's license number and called it in to 911.
He wasn't the first person to request an ambulance, but he knew the woman needed help the moment she raised her shirt.
"She was holding her stomach and holding her back," Patterson said. He used kitchen towels to attend to three minor stab wounds, while waiting for EMTs to arrive.
"I'm a Vietnam vet, I've seen this," he said. "Like I said outside, it pretty much comes natural."
Police began to pursue the Jeep. About seven miles from the Valero station the vehicle barreled through a yard on Greenwood Road, crashing into a pickup parked in a driveway, striking a tree and knocking out power to the home.
The man fled on foot and officers chased him. The pursuit prompted Jefferson County Public Schools to place Pleasure Ridge Park High School and Greenwood Elementary on "heightened security" between 10:30 and 11 a.m.
"All students were in rooms and behind closed doors - not outside and not moving inside the building," said JCPS spokeswoman Mandy Simpson. "At no time did (the suspect) come on school property."
LMPD spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said once officers caught the suspect he was taken to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment for a head injury he sustained in the crash.
"The two are boyfriend/girlfriend," read an email that Smiley issued mid-Thursday afternoon. According to Smiley charges were pending and will likely include assault.
Police have not released the names of the victim or of the suspect.
Patterson won't let anybody call his actions heroic.
"I'm sorry I didn't do more," he said. "If I had reacted when I first saw her in trouble, maybe she wouldn't have gotten cut. But I didn't know who he might have had with him. You gotta think about those things before you make moves like that."
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