Salt Lake City stabbings leave 2 in critical condition, suspect in custody

Salt Lake City police on the scene of 2 brutal stabbing attack which critically injured 2 men early Sunday morning. Photo: Gephardt Daily/SLCScanner

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 30, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Two men have been critically injured, and a third is in custody, after an early morning knife attack outside a bar near 76 S. 900 West.

Police were first called to the scene about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. When officers arrived they found a man with a stab wound to the back laying in the parking lot of Art’s Place.

EMTs were administering first-aid when police searching the area discovered a second wounded man across the street. Investigators say he had been “eviscerated.”

Both men were rushed to area hospitals — one to IMC, the other to U. Med Center – where they underwent emergency surgery.

SLCPD’s Lt. Scott Smalley told Gephardt Daily the stabbings took place after an altercation inside Art’s Place. As the argument spilled into the parking lot, it appeared patrons and others began to trade punches.

Witnesses identified a man speeding from the scene, and police were able to trace him to West Valley Apartment complex near 2500 S. Redwood Rd.

Police found the suspect’s car and in a matter of minutes arrested Dusty James, 31, inside his home.

Investigators say they found bloody clothing and the weapon believed to be used in the attacks inside James’ car.

James has been booked into jail on 2 counts of attempted homicide.

James’ alleged victims are both reported in critical but stable condition after surgery. Police have yet to release their names.

Gephardt Daily will update the story as information becomes available.


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