The fact Jim Campbell qualified No. 13 in the Funny Car order at the recently completed NHRA Gatornationals was a genuine accomplishment. His left hand still is mending from a stab wound he incurred in his hometown of Huntington Beach, Calif., just after the Phoenix race.
Campbell was reluctant to talk about the incident in which he and other patrons chased a wild attacker who had stabbed fellow diners then bolted from the restaurant. But he did say he was going to be fine and was just glad to help and do what was right.
According to a Feb. 26 Twitter post by CBS-LA’s Michele Gile, Campbell “helped chase a violent suspect with a knife – 3 were stabbed including Jim Campbell.”
Campbell tweeted, “Just a cut to my hand. I’m good! It’s a crazy world and I’m just glad I was there to help!”
The KCAL / CBS Los Angeles website gave this account of the crime:
“Police are investigating after the bizarre double stabbing Monday night at The Cliffs, a neighborhood bar and hang out on 17th Street. The crime scene stretched a mile away to Dog Beach near Goldenwest Street, where police say a woman was attacked by the same man who is accused of stabbing the two patrons watching a basketball game at the bar.
“’We’re watching the Lakers game, and we hadn’t had not a clue. He just all of a sudden come up, and shanked [him] in the neck,’” said witness Brad Bermingham.
“A 70-year-old local man needs surgery for his neck wounds, according to witnesses.
“McCullough got 22 stitches in his hand. Witnesses say they recognized the suspect as a homeless man who has been in the area. McCullough said his attacker asked him for a cigarette outside of the bar a few minutes before the stabbing. . . .
“McCullough was able to block the suspect from getting to his neck, but he said the other victim was stabbed at the bar area. Patrons then chased the suspect down the street.
“Huntington Beach police have identified the suspect as 25-year-old Lamont Waters. He has been booked for attempted murder and other charges against the third victim, who used mace to get the suspect away from her.”
— Competition Plus (@competitionplus) January 4, 2019