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January court date for man in Spencer Stone knife attack

James Tran will return to court in January in the stabbing attack on French train hero Air Force Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone.

Tran, 28, allegedly eluded authorities for a month after the attack at 21st and K streets on Oct. 8 that nearly killed Stone. Tran was arrested in November during a traffic stop at Highway 99 and Bond Road in Elk Grove. He was later arraigned on suspicion of attempted murder in the attack.

He made a brief appearance for a scheduled bail review Tuesday in front of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian, who postponed the review until Jan. 7. Tran remains held without bail at the Sacramento County Main Jail.

Surveillance video showed Stone, 23, fighting off a group of attackers before being stabbed. The men then fled in a Toyota Camry. A critically injured Stone was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center with stab wounds to his heart, liver and lungs and later underwent open-heart surgery.

Police say the attack started when a person in the group videotaped a woman in Stone’s party.

Scarcely months before the near-fatal brawl in midtown Sacramento, Stone and two childhood friends, Sacramento State student Anthony Sadler and Alex Skarlatos, a specialist in the Oregon National Guard, were hailed as heroes for thwarting a terrorist attack aboard a French passenger train in August. Stone was seriously wounded when he, Sadler and Skarlatos subdued a man armed with an AK-47 and a pistol on the train bound for Paris.

Stone, Sadler and Skarlatos each were decorated with France’s highest award, the Legion of Honor, for their heroic acts. Stone also received the Airman’s Medal and Purple Heart and was promoted from senior airman to staff sergeant. Skarlatos received the Soldier’s Medal and Sadler the Medal of Valor, the Pentagon’s highest civilian award.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith

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