MAIDEN, N.C. -- A man says he was held at gunpoint and attacked with a knife after a police officer discovered him lying and bleeding profusely Monday.

According to officials, Officer Brandon Winstead found William Dickey lying beside a parked car on a cul-de-sac in Maiden around 11:53 a.m. Monday.

Dickey was treated by emergency services and airlifted to CMC where he underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries. He is currently in stable condition.

"It's an unusual investigation for us," Captain Jamey Fletcher said. "We're a small community."

He credited the quick actions of the officer who found him.

"I think the officer did save his life," Capt. Fletcher said. he had been laying there for some period of time"

Dickey is a native of Greensboro and works in Bessemer City. He told authorities that he had been abducted at gunpoint just off Interstate 40 in Catawba/Iredell County line.

He said the suspects took his laptop computer and a small amount of cash and then got into his car and instructed him to drive to certain locations while holding him at gunpoint.

The suspects eventually ordered the victim to stop at the Maiden location, where he reportedly attacked him with a knife. The suspects are described as white males in their late twenties to early thirties. 

One has a medium build, reddish blond hair and the other with dark hair.