Valet who stopped stabbing at GM Tech Center lauded by Warren mayor
Didarul Sarder, 32, ran through the General Motors Tech Center lobby, got outside and saw a woman being stabbed in her neck, arms and abdomen. He unholstered his gun, gave a warning — drop the weapon or I’ll shoot — and the woman complied.
Warren — The man who broke up a stabbing at the General Motors Tech Center last week was honored Thursday for stopping a crime that could have ended worse.
Didarul Sarder was given a proclamation from Warren Mayor Jim Fouts and a $1,000 gift certificate to a Shelby Township jewelry store.
“My first reaction was to try to save this woman’s life,” the Warren resident said when he saw a 32-year-old woman stabbing her 52-year-old mother multiple times outside the main door of one of the buildings on the automaker’s Warren campus on Van Dyke.
Said Fouts: “Any of us — we never know when we’ll need a Didarul Sarder. Without his help, I believe the woman would’ve passed away.”
Sarder intervened, but how he did it nearly cost him his job.
Legally licensed to carry a weapon, Sarder pointed his gun at the younger woman and gave a warning — drop the weapon or I’ll shoot — and the woman complied.
The problem is, Sarder’s employer, Chicago-based contractor SP Plus, and General Motors, which contracts with the valet service, have a no-gun policy at the tech center.
GM interceded on Sarder’s behalf and SP Plus agreed he should keep his job, with the understanding he would comply with the no guns policy. He returned to work Monday.
The incident happened around 9:17 a.m. last Wednesday when Sarder heard from the valets he manages that a woman was being attacked. Video shown at Thursday’s event shows Sarder, 32, ran through the building’s lobby, got outside and saw a woman being stabbed. He pulled his gun and ordered her attacker to stop.
The aggressor is facing charges and the victim is recovering in the hospital.
Fouts said if his political role model, President Harry Truman, were around, Sarder might have received a presidential proclamation, not just a mayoral one.
Elegant Jewelers owner Marty Clauw told The Detroit News he’s impressed with Sarder’s actions.
“I wish I could do more,” Clauw said when handing over the gift certificate.
Sarder was joined Thursday at Fouts’ office by his wife, Jakia; son Arham, 5; daughter Imane, who was celebrating her 9th birthday; and his sister-in-law Jamila Miah and friend Sarah Burton.
Asked what lesson he hopes his children take from the ordeal, Sarder said: “When someone needs help, we help them.”