PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A local pastor says he has his sister to thank after several men attacked him and threatened to kill him.

Pastor Reginald Myers, 65, said he was at his home Friday around 11:30 p.m., when he heard a woman’s cries for help.

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“I heard somebody in a whispered, kind of muted tone saying, ‘help, help me,'” he said.

He then stopped onto his porch and saw a man pushing a woman against a van — then a second man appeared.

“And so I said ‘let her alone man,'” he said.

Then all three turned on Myers, using racial slurs and their fists and feet to attack him — even the woman he tried to help.

Myers said at least one man had a knife and threatened to cut his throat and kill him, saying, “tonight you’re gonna die, I’m gonna slit your throat.”

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The man cut him, but Myers was able to block the knife with his hand, making sure it missed his jugular vein.

However, Myers’ sister, who lives next door, came outside and stopped the scuffle. Her voice scared them off, Myers said.

Myers’ wife Carol says the pastor has spent many years helping troubled teens.

“For this to happen, a racially-motivated attack like this, it breaks my heart and it tears
me apart,” she said.

The three suspects were arrested after the attack.

Gerard and Kaela Rupert of Lawrenceville, as well as Robert Noftz of Morningside have all been charged.

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