Good Samaritan prevents attack at bus stop in East St. Paul

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A Good Samaritan in East St. Paul is being praised for stopping what police are describing as a racially-motivated attack, Fox 9 reports.

The St. Paul Police Department says a 26-year-old white man was waiting at a bus stop on Pedersen Street near the Sun Ray Shopping Center Saturday night when a group of 10 to 15 young black men began shouting racial slurs.

According to police, one of the men allegedly said, "Let's get this white fool."

Police believe an attack was thwarted when another man -- who is black and wishes to remain anonymous for concern of his safety -- drove by the bus stop, honked his horn and flashed his lights.

Police say when the driver asked the victim if he was all right, and he replied that he wasn't, the driver offered the victim a ride home.

The Star Tribune reports that three of the males in the group -- ages 20, 18 and 15 -- were arrested, and the case was sent to the Ramsey County Attorney's Office for possible charges.

Fox 9 says members of the community are applauding the Good Samaritan's courage after recent incidents in East St. Paul, including the severe beating last month of Ray Widstrand -- who suffered potentially fatal brain swelling and was placed in a medically induced coma.

Four adults and one juvenile have been charged in the incident, while Widstrand continues to recover.

See Fox 9's report below.

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