Police: Man jailed after knife attack outside Bountiful residence

Austin Joseph Swim. Photo: Davis County

BOUNTIFUL, Utah, March 15, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man has been booked into jail after deputies say he was involved in a knife attack at a Bountiful residence.

Austin Joseph Swim, 33, has been booked into the Davis County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault with serious bodily injury, a second-degree felony; and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a third-degree felony.

He was booked at 9:38 a.m. Friday.

A probable cause statement filed in Farmington’s 2nd District Court says that Bountiful Police officers responded to a residence near 160 West 1800 South after being alerted that someone had been stabbed.

“Upon arrival, several individuals were located outside of the residence and several inside the residence. Individuals outside of the residence identified Austin J. Swim as the suspect who had the knife, and had cut the victim.”

Swim was placed in handcuffs.

“The victim was located in the house suffering from deep cuts to his head, left elbow and right wrist,” the statement says.

“The victim was taken to U of U hospital for treatment of the knife wounds and the suspect to Lake View Hospital to receive treatment for injuries to his face sustained during the fight.”

A witness told officers that Swim had pulled out a folding knife and unfolded it, the statement indicates. When the homeowner/victim saw the knife, “he physically threw Swim out of the residence.”

“A struggle then commences in the front yard of the house and the victim received a large laceration from the knife on the back of his head, measuring 15 centimeters in length and cutting at least one artery in the process,” the statement says.

“The victim also sustained a 2.5 centimeter laceration to his left elbow, two superficial lacerations on the left elbow, and a three centimeter laceration on the right wrist from the knife.”

Swim admitted to police that he pulled the knife and cut the victim, the statement said. He also admitted that he is a convicted felon, and is not supposed to have a knife, the probable cause statement says.

Swim is being held without bail.


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