A stabbing inside a Bakersfield Starbucks on Sunday left a man and woman in critical but stable condition, police said.

The suspect, Robert Daniel Rivas, 31, previously dated the woman, according to police. The man who was stabbed is a good Samaritan who tried to intervene.

A machete was reportedly used in the attack, police said. 

Officers received a 911 call at 11:43 a.m. reporting a possible stabbing at an apartment complex in the 5100 block of Marsha Street. As police arrived, another 911 call came in reporting a stabbing inside a Starbucks at 5101 Stockdale Highway. 

Police found the two victims inside the Starbucks and they were taken to a local hospital.

Several California Highway Patrol officers in the area were directed by witnesses to the fleeing suspect and took the Rivas into custody on Marsha Street, police said. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the good Samaritan, identified as Blaine Hodge. To donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/63hm6qo

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111. 

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This guy is a hero. To stay and stand up for another takes courage. To stand up to someone with a clear weapon takes heart. We should have more people like him in this world! Hero!!

Tam Daras

Turk, are you carrying? Why weren’t you there?


Why didn't someone with a Concealed Carry Permit stop the attack? Oh that's right, this is California and law abiding citizens have a hard time getting a CC something the criminals and thugs don't have to worry about!


Gee, why didn't the attacker have a gun and manage to kill them both?

Christ, everyone has to make everything political.

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