PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The family of the 16-year-old girl who was stabbed at the Target store in East Liberty wants to thank the man they call an “angel.”

They say when the attacker grabbed Allison Meadows, who was visiting here from Tennessee; it was Hosea Davis who risked his safety to help free her.

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Davis says he and others watched as the man police have identified as 41-year-old Leon Walls stabbed the teenager girl. He says that’s when someone pushed a shopping cart toward the attacker.

Davis says it was a moment to separate the girl from the attacker, so he and others jumped onto Walls.

He says the man next him was slashed.

Davis says he picked up a baseball bat off the floor and began striking Walls in the legs until he fell over.

Chelsey Stokes, a friend of Meadows, says what Davis did allowed her to get to Meadows.

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Glenn Meadows, the girl’s dad, said of Davis, “He was an angel sent from God.”

Davis and his girlfriend stopped by Children’s Hospital Tuesday with flowers and a teddy bear for Meadows.

Davis says it definitely wasn’t just him that helped. He says people “piled on” to the attacker. The Meadows family is grateful to everyone who helped.

Davis says he’s not a hero. He says he just did what he had to do.

He’s wearing a neck brace and believes he was actually injured when police arrived and they were trying to subdue Walls.

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