Woman charged af­ter Win­nipeg’s ‘Home­less Hero’ at­tacked

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

WIN­NIPEG (CP) — A woman has been charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault in an at­tack on Win­nipeg’s “Home­less Hero” Faron Hall, who re­mained in hospi­tal Sun­day in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Hall, 45, is the for­merly home­less man who last year res­cued two peo­ple from drown­ing in sep­a­rate in­ci­dents on the Red River near the Es­planade Riel Bridge.

On Satur­day, Hall was se­ri­ously beaten in the apart­ment where he was liv­ing af­ter a ver­bal dis­pute turned vi­o­lent.

A neigh­bour who would only iden­tify him­self as Bill said saw the af­ter­math of the at­tack and be­lieves Hall sus­tained head in­juries.

He said Hall ap­peared un­con­scious when he was be­ing trans­ported to am­bu­lance on a stretcher.

“He wasn’t mov­ing at all,” Bill said of Hall’s state as he was taken to am­bu­lance.

He said Hall had been drink­ing in his suite with sev­eral ac­quain­tances on Fri­day and Satur­day.

“ They were par­ty­ing pretty good about two o’clock (Satur­day) when I left and I came back af­ter 3:30 and there were cops around and I saw blood all over the floor of his suite,” Bill said.

Hall, an ad­mit­ted al­co­holic, had been un­der­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion treat­ment but re­lapsed, Bill said.

“He was sober for a bit af­ter he came out of re­hab — he’s a hel­luva good guy,” Bill said. “But he fell off the wagon, I guess you’d call it.”

Bill said Hall was also phys­i­cally as­saulted last Christ­mas by sev­eral peo­ple down­town.

“I feel bad for him, es­pe­cially when he brings th­ese char­ac­ters in here,” Bill said.

Geral­dine Ruth Colomb, 31, has been charged. Po­lice were still looking for a male sus­pect.

Hall, who lived un­der the Es­planade Riel Bridge at the time, be­came known in the city as the “Home­less Hero” af­ter res­cu­ing a teenage who fell into the Red River last sum­mer, and then a woman who fell into the same river last fall.

He was later awarded a brav­ery medal for his ac­tions and an ad­mirer ar­ranged for him to move into the apart­ment.

At the time, Hall was mod­est in his re­sponse to the praise for his ac­tions.

“I just treat peo­ple the way I want to be treated, which is with re­spect and un­der­stand­ing,” he said.

But he said he also hoped it would help peo­ple look at the home­less in a new light.

“Just re­spect (them), ’cause they’re peo­ple too. Show com­pas­sion. Not pity, ’cause I be­lieve none of them want pity.”

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