Anthony Sadler, the 23-year-old who stopped a terror attack in France, came home to California Tuesday. He was on the high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.
Sadler reached the Sacramento International Airport with his parents. He was wearing black shorts and a gray sweatshirt. The Sacramento State University student was guided to the place, where a number of sheriff's vehicles waited.
Associate Press reported that Sadler was with two Sacramento-area friends, who acted together to subdue the attacker, Ayoub El-Khazzani. The two other American men were Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, 22, and U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone, 23. Both of them were Sadler’s friends.
Stone had to undergo treatment for injuries caused during the attack. Skarlatos stayed back with Stone, who had been admitted to a military hospital in Germany. According to senior U.S. Army leaders, Skarlatos is going to be awarded with the "Soldiers Medal," the highest award in the U.S. Army for acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with the enemy.
Khazzani has been charged after having been accused of carrying out a "targeted and premeditated" assault. He was charged with attempted murder of a terrorist nature. Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said that the Moroccan man had been equipped with 270 rounds of ammunition and a Kalashnikov assault rifle. He also had a box-cutter, a bottle of petrol and a Luger pistol, Molins said.
French President François Hollande earlier awarded the Legion d'Honneur, France’s highest honor, Monday to Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone. The French president also awarded the same to a British man, who subdued the attacker on the train, USA Today earlier reported.