Ontario man saves mother, baby from knife attacker

A man is being hailed as a hero after he stopped a knife attack in a parking lot in Sudbury, Ont. last week.

Brent Holder told CTV News he leapt into action when he heard the woman screaming for help when she was confronted by a man with a knife.

He had gone to the mall parking lot to buy some silicone candy moulds from Michael’s, according to CBC News.

“I was in my truck. I had just pulled in and was going through my emails, my face buried in my phone like many people do, so I wasn’t noticing anything going on around myself,” he told CTV News.

Holder said when he looked up to the commotion, the man was swinging his arms before he saw the baby stroller, charged at it, and started punching it.

“That’s when, I don’t know what happened, I can’t explain it, but I jumped out of my vehicle and just straight at the guy,” he said.

He said the man stopped when he saw Holder approaching and pulled out a second knife. The man then backed away and kneeled down before he slashed his own throat.

Holder took away the knives and called 911.

Holder, who is a salesman for a steel company, said he has been humbled by all the attention he has been getting since the incident.

“I am very humbled by all the posts and responses and replies from community members and that. I am very humbled and would like to thank everybody for their positive interactions with myself.” said Holder.

The mother was taken to hospital and was in stable condition.

Sudbury police charged the knife-wielding man with attempted murder, two counts of possessing dangerous weapons and breach of probation.

He was convicted last year of a similar random knife attack at the downtown Sudbury transit terminal, according to CBC.