Sunday, January 07, 2001

Bystanders rescue stabbing victim

Men hold assailant until police arrived

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Two customers at Kroger on North Erie Highway were credited with rescuing a 22-year-old Hamilton woman who was attacked and stabbed by her estranged boyfriend Saturday afternoon outside the store entrance.

        The unidentified patrons pulled Scott Sizemore, 25, off of Bethany Durbin after he stabbed her with a knife six times in the head and neck, Hamilton police spokesman, said Sgt. Thomas E. Kilgour.

        The men, who intervened because they initially thought Mr. Sizemore was punching Ms. Durbin, held the suspect until police arrived.

Possibly life-saving
               “If it wouldn't have been for the two bystanders there, she probably would have died,” Sgt. Kilgour said.

        Ms. Durbin, of the 300 block of North 10th Street, was taken to Mercy Hospital of Hamilton, then flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Cincinnati.

        Sgt. Kilgour said she was in surgery Saturday night, but her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. A nursing supervisor at Uni versity Hospital declined to release any information because Ms. Durbin's family had not been reached.

        Mr. Sizemore, who lived with his father on Union Avenue in New Miami, was being held without bond at the Butler County Jail on charges of attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault and kidnapping.

        He is expected to appear Monday for arraignment in Hamilton Municipal Court.

        Sgt. Kilgour said the couple had a child and resided together until recently. However, Ms. Durbin apparently told Mr. Sizemore on Saturday that she was breaking off the relationship and “no longer wanted to have anything to do with him,” Sgt. Kilgour said.

        Police found that a domestic violence charge was filed against Mr. Sizemore on Wednesday, but Sgt. Kilgour said investigators were unsure whether the charge involved Ms. Durbin.


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