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80-Year-Old Veteran Stabbed By Hitchhiker

August 7, 2012, 6:03 PM by Derek Olson

80-Year-Old Veteran Stabbed By Hitchhiker

A Louisiana man is in police custody and an 80-year-old veteran is in the hospital after a stabbing at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

It all started Monday afternoon when Myron Eliason of Belle Fourche picked up 41-year-old hitchhiker Robert Fox near Whitewood.  Authorities say Fox was going to the rally to find work.

Eliason was headed to Sturgis to sell American flags for the Disabled American Veterans organization.

When the Eliason dropped Fox off a short time later, the hitchhiker allegedly attacked him with a knife, stabbing him in the chest three times.

The attack happened on the stretch of highway in front of the Buffalo Chip Campground. Almost immediately, emergency medical professionals from the campground were on the scene.

"We have a number of people here on our staff who have law enforcement experience, EMT experience. We got the text from Meade County Dispatch that somebody had got stabbed and told us where at and our people were there in three minutes from off the campground," Legendary Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff said.

The campground staff worked with law enforcement to secure the scene and provide medical assistance for Eliason.  But that's not all.

"They did not have time to get the ambulance from town so our ambulance took him to the hospital.  He was at the hospital at 3:32, so he was at the hospital and stabilized in 14 minutes from the time that we had the report," Woodruff said.

Eliason was eventually transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital, where he's in the intensive care unit.  It's a situation that could've been a whole lot worse if not for the quick response of first responders.

"From my end of it, I'm just very proud of everybody that's involved," Woodruff said.

Fox is currently in custody in Sturgis and facing two-alternate counts of aggravated assault.  He was due in felony court Tuesday morning but because of an illness, he'll be in court on Wednesday.

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