Stabbing victim: 'If I hadn't intervened, she could very well be dead'

Stabbing victim: 'If I hadn't intervened, she could very well be dead' »Play Video
Kit Haberman was stabbed while trying to stop a fight between a husband and wife Friday night.

GRESHAM, Ore. -- A passer-by who was trying to stop a man from assaulting his wife was stabbed in the stomach Friday night, police said.

The stabbing happened at about 9 p.m. at an apartment in the 600 block of Northeast Cleveland Avenue in Gresham. Police said Pedro Nunez-Valdivia was assaulting his wife, Maria Rodriguez.

Kit Haberman, 29, saw the fight while walking to a MAX station.

"I stopped and was standing there when I realized they weren't two lovers in an embrace," he said.

Haberman said he intervened and Nunez-Valdivia stabbed him in the stomach.

"I stepped inside his strike zone and he turned around and stabbed me," Haberman said. "The adrenaline was pumping so hard I was like 'oh, I just got stabbed. I wonder if it was a knife or a needle. I really hope it wasn't a needle.'"

Medics rushed Haberman to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. A hospital spokesperson told KATU that Haberman was released on Saturday.

"I won't say I'm a hero because that is a term other people use to describe somebody. I did what was necessary. If I hadn't intervened, she could very well be dead," Haberman said.

Rodriguez had a cut on her hand, Baker said.

Officers found Nunez-Valdivia (right) nearby and arrested him.

He appeared in front of a Multnomah County judge on Monday.

He's charged with two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of strangulation.

Any other witnesses are asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.

KATU's Stephen Mayer contributed to this story.