San Joaquin County Supervisor Saves Girl From Attacker
San Joaquin County Supervisor Tom Patti is an ordinary hero with the scars to prove it.
As KCRA3 reports, the District 3 representative saved a woman’s life Friday night while she was being attacked in downtown Stockton.
Patti had attended a fundraising event for the Cosumnes Firefighters Association in Elk Grove that night. He was on his way to a friend’s house, stopped in his car on California Street near Main Street, when he came upon a grizzly scene.
"Somebody comes to a screeching halt right next to me, and there's a guy, a really big guy, in the back seat and he just starts punching the heck out of this poor gal," Patti recalled. “She got out of the car at some point. She was waving for help and I knew that I needed to create some separation between him and her.”
Patti says he “threw a punch” to defend himself and allow the girl a chance to get away. He was met with blow after blow from the assailant.
This was no small melee. The supervisor suffered multiple fractures to the face. Heavy bruising and swelling can be seen in the video footage of him here.
Of course, Patti is remaining humble about the whole ordeal.
“I’m going to heal. It’s fine. I was just glad I was able to help this girl in this moment, at this time. She was in a bad situation.”
Police say the victim has not come forward to identify herself or press charges against her assailant.