The four ECU students who helped a fellow student and friend get away from her attacker spoke to NewsChannel 12 about their heroic actions.
Allen Elmore, Anthony Turner, James Gronwoldt and Trey Brenner said they were just in the right place at the right time.
"We're not heroes just perfect timing I guess," Gronwoldt said.
21-year-old Rachel Cooper told police she was walking home from downtown on East 3rd Street early Sunday morning when a man came out of nowhere and attacked her with a knife.
“I ended up seeing this fight in the distance and I hit a light jog to go see what was going on. And I actually see it's a young lady and this larger male attacking her,” Elmore said.
That’s when Elmore and his friends decided to take action.
“I just pulled back and hit him in the face. He gets the stumble. My friend, Anthony, ends up coming up and putting him on the ground. We end up disarming him and making sure he couldn't get that knife out again. He kept fighting for it,” Elmore said.
“We had to do what we had to do to make sure he didn't get that blade. And Rachel was pretty much screaming bloody murder …She was scared. She wanted to make sure he didn't do any more damage,” Turner said.
The suspect, 23-year-old Jacob Hollingsworth, an active duty U.S. Airman, was taken into custody and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. He made his first appearance in court Tuesday morning.
The Good Samaritans said they are just thankful they were there to help out.
When asked if they would do it again, Gronwoldt replied, “100% definitely.”
However, for Cooper, her friends’ heroic actions go above and beyond the call of duty.
“She said 'You guys have no idea how I could ever repay you. You know, that was my life [with the] perfect timing [and] perfect situation. I owe you one,’” Turner said.
When asked if the men were glad they were walking home on that road that morning, Breeden replied, “Yeah.”
He said, “She’s actually a pretty good friend of ours so I hope anyone would do that even if you didn't know them. It was better that we knew her and definitely did something about it and hopefully helped save her life,” Breeden said.
NewsChannel 12 also sat down with Rachel Cooper to see how she is doing. She appeared to be doing well, but remains in pain. She had to get several stitches in the back of her head. However, despite everything, she plans to return to school on Wednesday.
Hollingsworth remains in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $200,000 bond.
The suspect is now in jail in connection with a weekend knife attack against an ECU student.
Jacob Hollingsworth, a U.S. Air Force service member, was released from Vidant Medical Center Monday and was later jailed in Pitt County.
Hollingsworth's 23rd birthday was Saturday night, the same night the attack happened, authorities said.
His bond is set at $200,000, records show.
A female ECU student battled for her life Sunday after a U.S. Air Force service member attacked her with a knife and tried to kill her, according to Greenville Police.
"He tried to stab me over, and over, and over again," the victim, Rachel Cooper, said.