Update: Officials say victim in Washington City incident was stabbed more than 20 times

Jason Reveal. Photo Courtesy: Washington County Sheriff's Office

WASHINGTON CITY, Utah, June 23, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A probable cause statement has revealed more details after a man was stabbed in Washington City early Sunday morning.

The statement from the 5th District Court of St. George said Jason Shawn Reveal, 45, of St. George, is in custody and facing charges of attempted murder, a first-degree felony; aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony; two counts of domestic violence in the presence of a child, a class B misdemeanor; and criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor.

“At approximately 1:15 a.m. on Sunday, Washington City Police were dispatched to the area of West Harvest Lane on reports of an assault with a knife,” said a Sunday news release from Washington City Police. “It was reported that one male was stabbed multiple times to his upper torso.”

Officers began to render aid to the stabbing victim until medical units arrived, the news release said. The victim was then transported to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George in critical condition.

The probable cause statement said a 911 call was made from the address in Harvest Lane.

“When officers arrived, they came in contact with the suspect, Jason Reveal, at the front door of the residence,” the statement said. “Jason had blood on his hands and was holding a small pocket knife. After Jason was detained he asked for officers to kill him and the officers told him they were not going to kill him. Jason asked why and stated that he had killed him, referring to the male victim (victim one) inside the residence.”

Reveal, several witnesses and the victims, were interviewed.

“All parties stated that Jason and victim two have been separated since March of 2019,” the statement said. “Victim two and Jason have several children together. Two of their children were sleeping in victim two’s home at the time of the incident. Victim two has a new boyfriend that was at her residence that night.”

Reveal arrived at victim two’s residence and pounded on the front door, the statement said. He then broke the front door frame, causing the door to open, and entered the residence.

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“Jason went to the master bedroom and stabbed victim one over 20 times,” the statement said. “Victim suffered wounds to the left arm, left leg, and the left side of his torso, including a collapsed lung. Victim two stated that victim one was still in bed when Jason stabbed victim one. Victim two stated that Jason has made comments in the past about harming victim one.”

Reveal was read his Miranda rights, and told officers several times “that he did it,” the statement said. He stated that he went to the house to see if victim one was staying the night at victim two’s residence. Jason observed victim one’s vehicle at the residence and became extremely angry, the statement said. He stated that he does not want victim one around his children.

“Jason stated that the door ‘blew open’ from him pushing on it,” the statement said. Jason then went to the master bedroom and found victim one and victim two. Jason stated that victim one stood out of bed and punched Jason in the nose. Jason stated that he then took a pocket knife out of his pocket and stabbed victim one while they were fighting. Jason stated that he did not know if he had killed victim one or not.”

There were two juveniles in the residence at the time of the incident, the statement said. Both juveniles woke up during the altercation. One juvenile hid in their closet out of fear for their safety. The other juvenile stated that they could not move because they were paralyzed with fear. Neither juvenile witnessed the incident, but did hear what was occurring in the master bedroom.

The woman who is referred to as victim two was not injured, the probable cause statement said.

The felony was committed while Reveal was out on probation or parole, the statement said. He was transported to Washington County Jail with no bail.

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