Good Samaritans recovering from stab wounds after trying to save woman's life

Good Samaritans recovering from stab wounds after trying to save woman's life
James Reeves (Image: Hawaii News Now)
James Reeves (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Scott Spencer Stolsig (Image: Hawaii News Now)
Scott Spencer Stolsig (Image: Hawaii News Now)

WAILUKU, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man accused of stabbing his estranged wife to death in a Maui grocery store last Tuesday, is due back in court tomorrow. Meanwhile, two Good Samaritans, who were badly hurt trying to save the woman's life are recovering.

"There was a huge commotion where everyone was yelling that a man had a knife," said Scott Spencer Stolsig.

The 53 year old man was shopping for dinner at the Foodland in Wailuku when the stabbing occurred.

"I got to an end of the isle and I saw her standing there," Stolsig said. "I could tell that she had her throat slashed."

A murder was unfolding before his eyes.

Police say around 6:15 p.m., 45-year-old Stephen Schmidt walked into the store searching for his estranged wife, 24-year-old Kehau Farias Schmidt, who was with another man at the time.

He allegedly ended up fatally stabbing her, before turning the knife on Stolsig as he was applying pressure to the woman's neck.

"He slashed up through my eye ball and forehead and when I stood up with the adrenaline to protect her and myself, he stabbed me twice," said Stolsig.

Another man, 34 year old James Reeves, also intervened and tried to keep Schmidt from fleeing the scene.

"First thing that came to my mind was keep him away from her, keep in him away from trying" Reeves said.
In doing so, Reeves suffered a punctured lung, with a stab wound to the chest and one above his eye. Both men were rushed to Maui Memorial Medical Center.

On Friday morning, the two brave men met for the first time and exchanged gratitude.

Stolsig says if it weren't for Reeves holding Schmidt at bay, his life could have been lost too.

"He bought me some time so I didn't get my neck slit too, so I have a huge appreciation for him," said Stolsig.

"On my behalf, I just wish I could have done a little more and I wish the outcome was a little bit different from the victim," Reeves said.

There will be a silent vigil held for Kehau Farias Schmidt this Thursday at the University of Hawaii Maui Campus from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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