LOS ANGELES — A woman who intervened in a stabbing attack, two people who assisted a bicyclist being attacked by a stick-wielding assailant and a woman who thwarted an abduction attempt were presented Wednesday with Courageous Citizen Awards by District Attorney Jackie Lacey.

The honors were presented during an awards ceremony hosted by the Rotary Club of Westchester.

The awards are presented to people who perform “extraordinary acts of valor and selflessness in assisting in criminal prosecutions, aiding victims, preventing crimes or even capturing suspects.”

Sabrina O’Hara, 42, of West Hollywood, was honored for assisting a man who had been stabbed outside her home in November 2018. According to the District Attorney’s office, she yelled at the assailant and called 911 while assisting the man.

Maria Nunez, 27, of Los Angeles, and Selestino Penaloza, 38, of Huntington Park, were recognized for assisting a bicyclist who was knocked to the ground and was being threatened by a man holding a pair of long sticks. Penaloza followed the assailant and flagged down a pair of police officers, who arrested the man.

Brandy Mayes, 50, of Riverside, was honored for intervening when she saw a man dragging a woman by the hair in Pasadena. Mayes parked the limousine she was driving, causing the assailant to release the 19-year-old woman and fell.

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