Police: Teen fends off woman's attacker

EUSTIS, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -Eighteen-year-old Steven Conway doesn't think what he did Sunday night is such a big deal, but it is.  In all likelihood, officials say this high school senior saved a woman's life.

"I helped a woman that needed help and that's pretty much it," is how he described it.

Steven and his buddy had just left bible study and were waiting on their calzones when then ran into a Dollar General store in Eustis to get some sodas. That's when a blood curdling cry stopped him in his tracks.  

"I have no words to describe it, but it was more of a loud shriek that caught my attention."

He ran to the front of the store to see what was going on.

"I saw the woman, the man on top of the woman in front of the freezer sections, which are in the front of the store," he explained, "and I knew she had just, she just needed some help. So I pulled the guy off of her and thinking it was a fight at first."

But it was  much more serious than that.  According to this arrest affidavit, police said 26-year-old William Edward Cowan slashed the clerk in the jaw line, before  stabbing her in the cheek and in the chest with a six inch butterfly knife.

"When I pulled him off of her, he actually left the knife in her. It was over in the big lots that they had taken it out to start packing the wound," Steven said.

Cowan left the scene.  With a face full of tattoos and blonde dread locks, he was easy for officers to find.   According to this arrest affidavit, when they confronted him, he was still armed.   Police said he he was carrying two samurai style swords, more than 2 feet in length.

The victim in this case was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center.   At last check, her injuries are not life-threatening.

Cowan is charged with attempted murder. He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Report via WOFL

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