“We are relieved to have been able to stop the attacker”, they tell how they put an end to the sword attack in Nice

“We are relieved to have been able to stop the attacker”, they tell how they put an end to the sword attack in Nice
“We are relieved to have been able to stop the attacker”, they tell how they put an end to the sword attack in Nice

“Have you heard from the lady who was attacked? I can’t stop thinking about the look on her face.”

Thibault Reuter, 38 years old, multi-subsidiary director, is installed in his office at the Transcan company, in Saint-Isidore. Two hours after the saber attack on Boulevard Dubouchage, Nice-Matin found him, accompanied by his colleague, Thomas Intartaglia, 36, operations manager at Transcan, who intervened with him. Both of them still feel the adrenaline that took hold of them.

Heroes? They don’t live like that. “We are above all relieved to have been able to stop the attacker.”

Both usually work in management, but to compensate for the absence of a delivery man, they got behind the wheel of a truck and had just stopped for a delivery about twenty meters from the scene of the attack. It was around 1:30 p.m. “I was in the driver’s side of the truck, says Thibault Reuter. I saw a strange person walking down the street with some kind of sword. He had a weird attitude, I can’t explain it, it’s an instinct. Thomas was returning from delivering. I told him “There is a saber attack”, and I told him to quickly get in the truck, we were going to race him.”

“At first I thought he was playing a joke on me”

Thibault drives twenty meters. Both then jumped from the cab of the truck, abandoning their delivery vehicle in the middle of the road, Boulevard Dubouchage. “At first I thought he was playing a joke on me, confides Thomas. But I quickly understood that he was serious. We jumped out of the truck and lunged at the man to disarm him. He was trying to slash a lady with a saber. She held the sword firmly in her hands to prevent him from regaining momentum and striking her again. That’s when we arrived.”

Thomas takes the saber in his hands and begins, he explains, to hit the attacker. “Thibault came up behind and held him by the throat. I continued to hit him on the chin to disarm him, and Thibault strangled him, to destabilize him.” The man is then pinned to the ground and held down. The soldiers from Operation Sentinel disembarked at that time. “The attacker did not speak, I never heard the sound of his voice, says Thomas. He seemed rather calm. No more agitated than that. It was disturbing.”

A scene “surrealist”

Several witnesses intervene. One even attacked Thomas, while he was punching, thinking that he was gratuitously attacking a man. The misunderstanding will last only a few seconds. Once the soldiers placed a Serflex on the attacker’s wrists, the two executives from Transcan, for their part, immediately set off on their tour… “We got back into the truck to finish the tour, but at one point we said to ourselves that we had to leave our identities to the police, we called the Auvare barracks to report ourselves.”

Both remember a scene “surrealist”. “We’re going down little by little. It ended well, or almost, there was an injury but it could have been worse.”

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