Swords, Knives, Axes, Pit Bulls Unleashed In Salt Lake City Apartment Attack; Five Injured

The victim of a Salt Lake City brawl involving swords, axes, knives, ball bats and pit bull dogs is treated for injuries in the back of a Gold Cross ambulance at 646 South 500 East Saturday, June 4, 2016. Photo: Gephardt Daily

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, June 4, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — Salt Lake City police are investigating a late night brawl involving swords, knives, axes, ball bats, and a pair of pit bulls, which sent five people to the hospital Saturday.

Investigators on scene told Gephardt Daily the fight broke out at 10:40 p.m. at 646 S. 500 East.

When officers arrived, they found several people who had been stabbed and bludgeoned by a neighbor they had argued with earlier in the night. One of the injured had been bitten in the leg and groin by a couple of pit bulls.

Salt Lake City Police Lt. Craig Gleason said 42-year-old Jason Panter often fought with his neighbors, but the altercations were always verbal.

Jason Panter. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County Sheriff
Jason Panter. Photo Courtesy: Salt Lake County Sheriff

On Saturday night, that all changed, when police say Panter went berserk, telling neighbors across the hall he would “leave them in a pool of blood” after they had exchanged words earlier in the day.

A short while later, police say Panter kept his word, confronting tenants in the apartment hallway, while shouting obscenities and brandishing knives.

At first, neighbors were able disarm Panter, only to have him return with a sword, an axe, knives and two pit bull dogs.

Resident Donovan Malias told Gephardt Daily the dogs initially attacked him, biting his legs, and between his thighs. He said he swung a baseball bat and was able to ward off the animals, which enraged Panter even more.

At one point, Panter hit one of the neighbors in the head with an axe. Others were stabbed.

Victims were still trying to defend themselves when police made their way into the residence and managed to subdue Panter, who was taken into custody.

Salt Lake City Police Lt. Craig Gleason said the scene was bloody and “in total chaos” when officers arrived.

“This scene was so chaotic. People had armed themselves for protection and we weren’t sure who was who. You had people with bats and knives and axes, so everybody got grabbed and detained.”

Five of the wounded, including Panter, were taken to the hospital in fair to serious condition. Police say none of their injuries appeared to be life threatening.

Lt. Gleason said police have yet determine exactly what started the fight, and their investigation is ongoing.

Panter was treated at a local hospital then booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on five felony counts of aggravated assault resulting in injury and one felony count of aggravated burglary.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Not one single picture of the dogs. In order to establish whether, or not, it was (in fact) a Pit Bull. First, and foremost, what kind? You’re just throwing a specific breed of dog under the bus, in order to magnify the publi’s fear of the breed. No pic; no proof. If you can’t determine the difference between a Pit Bull, Stafffordshire Terrior, American Bull Terrior, and a Mastiff, then you shouldn’t be labeling, and dog shaming. It’s all about the responsibility level of the owner. The breed has nothing to do with it. The only time a Pit Bull will attack is, if it wasn’t trained/attended to properly, or if a member of its pack is being harmed. Including its owner(s).

    • @Meyevil All those present said the dogs were pit bulls and that’s all the proof we need. Just because YOU can’t identify a pit bull when you see one doesn’t mean everyone else shares your lack of ability. Dogs are purpose-bred creatures and pit bull-type dogs were created solely for the purpose of fighting and killing, which is something I thought everyone knew. Additionally, if you knew anything at all about dogs, you would know that scientists who have studied stray dogs that exist on their own have proven that dogs are NOT true “pack” animals. If you’re going to comment in dogs, you should make an attempt to learn something about them.

      • It’s all about the masters. And you know what, they would all lick you to death walking down the street. They were being protective like any family member would do seeing mother be hit by a fucking bat!!!!!!!!!!! Me!

    • You dear are so full of crap.

      All the breeds you named come from fighting stock dubbed ‘pitbulls’ I have never heard these dogs called anything but pitbulls unless they hurt/kill something. Course more often then not you’re going to call them ‘insert breed’ mixes.
      You idiots play the name game because you like to muddle the picture.

      My cousin has these mutants, I know they’re registered, but as what I have no clue. He calls them pitbulls. He is a die hard advocate, he’s got the scars, isolation, and nervous breakdowns as trophies for his idiocy. He had a breakdown this Christmas dinner, lamenting about how he doesn’t know what to do with them. The youngest one has killed it’s brother once (he managed to resuscitate it), they’ve ripped apart every crate/door in the house to try to kill each other, have attacked him and his (now former) girlfriend countless times, killed countless animals and other dogs. Oh, they’ve never been trained to fight. He’s absolutely at a loss why these dogs are so vicious. He’s had normal dogs that were no problem.

      My dad has had to put two down because they turned. One just decided it needed to eat the cat it was raised with, then turned on him. Second one he was walking, and wham, he had to bash its head in with a brick to stop the attack.

      I have been attacked four times. None of those instances the dog was in danger (or its ‘pack’) 3/4 of those times I didn’t even know the dogs were in the vicinity. No parking, no warning, just BAM. First attack killed a kitten, second attack might as well killed my horse (he was unsafe to ride in public due to absolute breakdowns when he saw a strange dog), third and fourth is living next door. Nutcase moved the dog to my state trying to keep their previous state from putting the dog down. Due to…*drum roll* severally biting someone! Didn’t see that coming did you?
      Also…hearing them talk, this is their fourth vicious pitbull…the other three were put down due to biting. Oh, and the dumbasses got a fifth. Seriously….third time is supposed to be the charm right?

      • I was the first one hit with a bat to my head by the neighbors. Both doors open, my dogs saw mother go down and protected mother like any child or animal would do. My sweet Carmel got hit by the same bat. Where the heck is that bat that has my blood and my Carmel? Oh, i remember Donovan went back in the house with the evidence. There was also a battle out front between my fiance Jason Panter and Charlie. Jason Panter does not deserve this whole situation put upon him. Carmel will lick you like crazy! I want justice. This is not right. Jason Panter had a “hit” on him. He called the police twice prior to this situation. I will fight this. I love you Jason!

    • They are pure bred pitbulls and are good dogs. They were only doing what this monster that trained them to do. It has nothing to do with the breed, one of my best friends almost lost his life to an attack from these dogs. What is more upsetting than any dog breed titles is that this is all anyone is concerned about. 4 humans almost died as a result of this, one of them being a 15 year old child.

    • Great, breed doesn’t matter, behavior is all from management and training?

      Odd how only bully people say that, but have it your way.

      Since pit bulls are just dogs, if we ban their breeding and cause them to mercifully become extinct, no one will miss them.

      Dog fighters hate this idea as they all know it would take centuries to breed game insane sociopathic dogs from non bully dogs. But let’s stop supporting dog fighting!

    • I am the first victim attacked by trying to stop the “hit” on Jason Panter. My dogs were protecting me like any child, mother, or father would do. So if anyone wants to talk about facts, listen to my words. They would lick you to death walking down the street. This is not right. What happened is a tragedy. But unless you were there, you don’t know the facts. Jason Panter should not be the only one held reliable. He is the only one charged when they brought a bat to me first. This is not right. And I want justice for the entire situation.

      • you know you are lying Amanda, THIS WHOLE THINK IS YOUR FAULT. “Mother” hit and punched these dogs and you often. There are many people that can attest to that.

    • I am their mother. They are lovers and I was the first one hit with a bat. My babies tried to protect me and also were hit with the same bat. There were 6 victims and two pitt bulls. I am not in the article because I was knocked out first on recording and the only one without a weapon. Which I am grateful for. Now it’s time to serve Justice.

    • JP was my roommate. I know those pitbulls. They are the sweetest dogs I’ve ever met. JP is also a man with a heart of gold. This article does not tell the truth about what happened.

  2. I know this man.This is a perfect example of poor journalism. Guilty until proven innocent. “Making A Murderer” type of deal. He kicked out gang members and prostitutes while managing and keeping up that hell whole. He’s one of the best people I know and those dogs aren’t aggressive at all. All of the witnesses lost. I’m an MMA fighter and I specifically chose him as my wrestling coach. None of the real facts are being put into account.

  3. this is my daughter and Grandson. I can assure you they are full blooded Pit bulls. The guys was the Property Manager of this building and my building as well. From the day I moved here I knew he was bad news and told the Landlord often. This was always brushed off as me being a paranoid old Lady. He got fired and evicted after the Landlords family took over and hired a professional Property Management team. The guy is a dangerous violent man that regularly beat his girlfriend savagely and his dogs as well. I agree this is no the dogs fault and they now pay the ultimate price.

    • I was the first one hit with a bat to my head by the neighbors. Both doors open, my dogs saw mother go down and protected mother like any child or animal would do. My sweet Carmel got hit by the same bat. Where the heck is that bat that has my blood and my Carmel? Oh, i remember Donovan went back in the house with the evidence. There was also a battle out front between my fiance Jason Panter and Charlie. Jason Panter does not deserve this whole situation put upon him. Carmel will lick you like crazy! I want justice. This is not right. Jason Panter had a “hit” on him. He called the police twice prior to this situation. I will fight this. I love you Jason!

  4. JP was only kind to people of his race the whites I lived he would often assume and interrogate people of different color I’m Mexican trust me I know

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