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Fresno Hitchhiker Armed With Hatchet Stops Crazed Man Attacking Bystanders

FRESNO (CBS SF) -- A homeless hitchhiker armed with a hatchet is being credited with saving lives after stopping a man who apparently believed he was Jesus from attacking people on the streets of Fresno.

The homeless man, known as Kai, said he was a passenger in the suspect's car when the man proclaimed he was Jesus, and said could do anything he wished.

That's when the suspect plowed the car into a utility truck, pinning a PG&E worker between the car and the truck, apparently targeting him because he was black.

"He just kept saying he was Jesus Christ, and he needed to save all of us, and we have to get, he used the N-word, meaning the black people, he said we need to get them out of here," said another witness.

The PG&E worker was rushed to the hospital, and underwent surgery for non-life threatening injuries.

When the suspect became violent with a bystander, Kai jumped into action with the hatchet.

"These two women are trying to help him, and he runs up and he grabs one of them. Like a guy that big can snap a woman's neck like a pencil stick. So, I ran up behind him with a hatchet, smash, smash, smash," Kai said.

Kai's expletive-laden interview following the incident has gone viral online.

The suspect, identified by CBS 47 Fresno as Jett McBride, is being charged with attempted murder, battery and assault with a deadly weapon. McBride reportedly stands over six feet tall, and weighs over 300 pounds.

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