The community is still in shock after hearing that a Henrietta teen was stabbed at the Wegmans on Calkins Road in Henrietta Tuesday night.
Around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, Monroe County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Wegmans for the report of a stabbing. Kevin Minemier, 18, of Lehigh Station Road, Henrietta, was allegedly shopping with Nicole Bean, 17, of Henrietta, when, unprovoked, he stabbed her in the face and head, deputies said.
According to court papers, Minemier stabbed her eight times with a knife, causing a severe cut to her left eye and seven other cuts.
Mustafa Said, 19, and Christopher Patino, 16, both of Henrietta, heard Bean screaming and came to her aid, deputies said.
“We go check it out, and we see some guy stabbing a girl on and on,” Patino said. “So we were all surprised by that, and we weren’t going to let it happen. So we ran up and tried to stop it before anything got worse.”
They fought with Minemier and were able to take the knife from him, deputies said.
“He just kept constantly stabbing her,” Said said. “It was time for me to act. ... I don’t have the kind of heart to stand by and watch as a girl gets killed. I can’t just stand there.”
Said suffered a cut to his hand as he grabbed the knife from Minemier’s hand. Patino was not injured.
Bean was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment of multiple stab wounds, and was released later this week. Said and Minemier were also treated at the hospital.
“It’s absolutely our opinion that if it weren’t for those two individuals, Mr. Said and Mr. Patino, if they didn’t intercede when they did in the manner they did, that it’s our belief that she would have died from the attack,” said Captain Andrew Forsyth of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. “They are absolutely heroes.”
Minemier was arraigned in Henrietta Town Court last Wednesday on the charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault, deputies said. He was sent to the Monroe County Jail without bail.
Said and Patino’s actions have touched members of the community, including Jeanne Yamonaco.
“I was just taken by them,” she said. “And they’re humble. You could tell. And they were so focused on ‘we have to save this girl.’”
Yamonaco said they should be recognized formally for their efforts.
“For them, the reward is probably that this girl is alive,” she said. “But (they deserve) some recognition by the community to say ‘thank you for doing the right thing and doing above and beyond the right thing.’”
Bean’s father, Edward Bean, has also released a statement thanking Patino and Said for helping his daughter.
Page 2 of 2 - “To Mustafa Said, Chris Patino and the several others who rushed to our daughter’s aide, we thank you for our daughter’s life,” he said. “Nicole is doing better in spite of horrendous wounds. She remains full of life and hope, grateful for the outpouring of support from friends, family and the Rochester community.”
The community has used Facebook to offer its support to the teen in her recovery. A Facebook page was made in support of her, and Patino and Said’s Facebook pages have been inundated with posts by friends and people they don’t even know, calling them heroes and saying what they did was inspiring.
Zackery Schultz said he’s still having a hard time believing Minemier, his friend of six years, was capable of such an act.
“I don’t even know how to feel at first,” he said. “It was disbelief.”
The 19-year-old, who said Minemier and Bean had been dating for a short time, found out through Facebook that Minemier had been charged.
“When I found out it really was him — that it wasn’t just people saying it was him — it really was him who did this, I just was so disgusted that I’d been friends with someone who was capable of doing that to someone,” said Schultz.
He has started his own Facebook support page for Bean.
“I wanted to have a group of people to help show her how many people care about her,” he said.
Schultz also reached out to Patino and Said to thank them for what they did.
“I told them doing that made them literally my hero,” he said.
Minemier’s family also released a statement in which it called Patino and Said “true heroes.”
“Our family expresses our devastation and sorrow for the pain and suffering that has been inflected upon Nicole Bean and her family,” the statement read. “We could never put into words how troubled we are by the injuries that Nicole Bean has and will endure. We are hoping and praying for a complete and speedy recovery.”