A great example of being prepared and willing to protect. Tim Patterson was working at his mobile kitchen in northern Idaho when he heard a scream.
"Let go of me," it shrieked.
Patterson charged around a car and stopped. A man had a woman's head pulled back with one hand, and a knife to her throat with the other.
Patterson didn't hesitate.
He drew his Kimber 1911 .45 with a six-shot clip.
"Drop it, or I'll shoot you," he shouted.
The bad guy looked up, let go of the woman and knife, raised his hands and ran. While Patterson called 911 and stayed with her until the police arrived.
"You can yell at somebody, but pointing a gun at his head does a lot better job," Patterson said Wednesday as he recounted what happened the day before.
The shaken victim suffered a red mark to her neck, but was otherwise OK.
The attacker's actions angered Patterson.
"I know the lady. She is a sweetheart," he said. "Goodwill does nothing but good for people. They help so many people."
Patterson believes the assailant knew she carried a bank deposit, and police also said that might have been the case.