18-Year-Old Fends Off Knife-Wielding Attacker, Saves Woman's Life (Video)

| by Jonathan Constante
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Police officials say a Florida high school senior may have very well saved a woman’s life after he heard a “loud shriek” and sprung into action.

Steven Conway, 18, and his friend had just left bible study and were in the mood for some calzones. They went into a Dollar General store in Eustis to get some sodas when suddenly, Conway heard something.

“I have no words to describe it, but it was more of a loud shriek that caught my attention,” Conway told Fox 35.

The high school senior bolted to the front of the store to see what was happening.

“I saw a woman, the man on top of the woman in front of the freezer sections, which are in the front of the store,” Conway explained, “and I knew she had just, she just needed some help. So I pulled the guy off of her and thinking it was a fight at first.”

But according to an arrest affidavit, the situation was far more serious than that.

Police said the attacker, William Edward Cowan, 26, had slashed the woman in the jaw line and stabbed her in the cheek and in the chest with a six inch butterfly knife.

“When I pulled him off of her, he actually left the knife in her,” Conway continued. “It was over in the big lots that they had taken it out to start packing the wound.”

The suspect fled the scene but with a face full of tattoos and blond dreadlocks, he was not difficult for police to find.

Cowan was carrying two samurai style swords - both more than two feet in length, according to police. He was charged with attempted murder and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

The victim was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center, Fox 35 reports. Her injuries are not life-threatening.

As for Conway, he said it was just pure instinct that made him spring into action.

“I helped a woman that needed help and that’s pretty much it,” Conway said.

Sources: WOFL, Orlando Weekly

Photo Credit: Fox 35 Orlando