'That man, he had destruction on his mind'

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VANCOUVER, Wash. – “That man, he had destruction on his mind. I could tell.”

Jerry Kush, who was in intensive care for five days after a terrifying stabbing by a stranger at a Vancouver Starbucks, recounted the attack as that: random and horrifying.

He told KATU on Tuesday that he did not know his attacker, nor did he know what compelled the stranger to stab him.

“The only thing I said to him was when he had followed us out of Starbucks and I realized he was on our pathway, I asked him to, ‘Please leave. You make me very nervous,’” Kush said. “And by the time I said ‘nervous,’ he had a knife and he shoved it into me.”

Police say the attacker is Scott C. Fandrich who is charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree assault.

The attack happened at about 5 p.m. March 11 at the Starbucks at 11502 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd.

Dozens of witnesses, including Starbucks employees, held Fandrich down after police say he attacked Kush and stabbed him in the stomach and neck. Another victim was stabbed in the leg when he was trying to break up the attack.

“…Just for a moment I thought, ‘My God, he has stuck me with a knife,’” Kush said. “And then it was just like, after that first stick, I could just feel him sticking me again, and he’s sticking me and sticking me.”

Kush said Tuesday he was grateful to be alive, though he didn’t understand the reason for the attack.

“God works in mysterious ways and why he picked me for this one, I don’t know,” he said. “I wish he wouldn’t have, but he did. And here I am.”

One of the Samaritans who helped Kush was also stabbed three times, though not as serious. Kush said the two haven’t spoken before, but perhaps they’ll meet up when the time is right.