Spencer Stone was introduced to partygoers as the ‘hero from the French train attack’ and given a round of applause at Badlands nightclub on Wednesday night shortly before he was attacked and almost killed.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Online, Michael Silva, who attended the club night, described how he arrived at the club around midnight and, soon afterwards, host Tyler Miller announced Stone was there.

 Silva, 36, said: ‘The host Tyler said he was there, it was just a shout-out. He said, “The hero from the French train attack is here, let’s give him a hand,” and people did – I heard people clapping.

‘I would say that was around 12.30ish, I didn’t even get there until midnight, and it was just after I got there.’

Soon after that, an altercation broke out in the club but Silva was not sure if Stone’s group was involved.

Police were called to K Street at 12.46am after a member of the public alerted them to the brawl.

Silva said: ‘Soon after that I saw people arguing but I don’t know who it was, there was already security guards around when I saw arguing and they were trying to usher people out.’

Stone, 23, was at the packed club night – which was called Trapacana after the form of electronic music that was being played – with three female friends and one male friend when an ‘incident’ took place with another group of revelers, according to police.

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Silva, 36, said: ‘The host Tyler said he was there, it was just a shout-out. He said, “The hero from the French train attack is here, let’s give him a hand,” and people did – I heard people clapping.

‘I would say that was around 12.30ish, I didn’t even get there until midnight, and it was just after I got there.’

Soon after that, an altercation broke out in the club but Silva was not sure if Stone’s group was involved.

Police were called to K Street at 12.46am after a member of the public alerted them to the brawl.

Silva said: ‘Soon after that I saw people arguing but I don’t know who it was, there was already security guards around when I saw arguing and they were trying to usher people out.’

Stone, 23, was at the packed club night – which was called Trapacana after the form of electronic music that was being played – with three female friends and one male friend when an ‘incident’ took place with another group of revelers, according to police.

A doorman who worked on Wednesday told Daily Mail Online he saw Stone carry a female friend out of the club as he left.

Minutes later the airman was walking up the road with his friends when he was attacked and stabbed three times in his upper body. He was apparently trying to protect a girl who got punched by her boyfriend, according to witness Eric Cain who described how the brawl unfolded to Daily Mail Online.

The mystery woman then fled with the two suspects.

The woman – described by Cain as in her 20s, of Asian-Pacific appearance and wearing ‘pants and a tank top’ – was seen getting into a car with the suspects on security camera footage released by police.

The suspects - and the woman Stone defended - got into a getaway vehicle that pulled up (circled). Police are searching for two Asian men in connection with the stabbing

Detectives said on Friday that they are still searching for the suspects and interviewing witnesses, adding that they ‘need to identify the female that was observed getting into the suspect’s vehicle and fleeing from the scene’.

Stone’s condition at UC Davis Medical Center has been upgraded from ‘serious’ to ‘fair’, and hospital officials say he is ‘awake, able to get out of bed and in good spirits’.

Stone’s family have not left his side since he was stabbed.