SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, May 29, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — What started as a beating at a drum circle Sunday ended up with one man stabbed and another in custody.
Police responded to Liberty Park, at about 600 East and 900 South, at about 3 p.m. after receiving a call about a fight during which one man pulled a knife.
“They were involved in a physical altercation, a fist fight,” said Lt. Michael Hatch, Salt Lake City Police Department. “The suspect was falling to the ground, pulled out a knife, and stabbed the victim in the rib area.”
The injury is not life-threatening, Hatch said.
“He wasn’t transported by ambulance,” he said. “He went in a private vehicle to the hospital.”
The suspect, 20, and the victim, 22, were both at the Sunday drum circle. The two, “… had some past dealings with each other,” Hatch said. The stabbing probably wouldn’t have happened without the initial fist fight, which escalated, he added.
After the stabbing, the suspect tried to flee the scene, but was other people at the drum circle tackled him and held him for the police.
“We don’t want people to put themselves in danger,” Hat said. “We certainly appreciate when they help us out. He most likely would have gotten away before officers were able to find him here in the park.”
The suspect was taken into custody, and will be charged with aggravated assault, Hatch said. Hatch declined to identify the suspect or victim.