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Stranger saves man found bleeding and freezing in St. Charles parking lot

Stranger saves man found bleeding and freezing in St. Charles parking lot

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A man is being called a hero after dragging a freezing and bleeding man to the safety of his car. 

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Owen Hensley was walking to his car in downtown St. Charles when he spotted large pools of blood. He followed the trail of blood to find a man lying face down in a parking lot with no shoes or jacket. The temperatures were dangerously cold.

"It's 7 degrees outside at this point and all of the blood on his face is frozen solid," Hensley wrote on Facebook shortly after the incident.

Hensley then dragged the man to his car to warm him up and called for help, according to his post on Facebook. 

Sgt. David Horton of the St. Charles Police Department confirmed Hensley's account and said his call for help was received around 3 a.m. Horton said it's unclear what caused the man's injuries, mainly cuts to the face, but said alcohol was likely involved. 

Horton could not confirm that the man was stabbed in the stomach, as stated in Hensley's Facebook post.  

The man was taken to the hospital and was breathing and conscious when help arrived at 120 Jefferson Street.  Paramedics credited Hensley with saving the man's life, Horton said.

Police are investigating the incident and have identified the victim, but are not releasing his name.

Owen Hensley

Owen Hensley

Samantha Liss • 314-340-8017

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sliss@post-dispatch.com

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