A South Salt Lake man faces an attempted murder charge in the stabbing of another man during a fight April 19.
According to 3rd District Court charges filed Thursday, witnesses told police the men had been in a verbal and physical confrontation at the Great American Bagel Co., 2213 W. 2200 South, where the victim is employed.The assailant left but returned 30 minutes later and stabbed the other man in the back with a hunting knife that has a 9-inch blade. The victim turned around and hit his assailant with a bread board on which he was cutting bagels. The assailant then stabbed him a second time, West Valley City police Lt. Charles Illsley said.
The men were allegedly fighting over some property that the victim says the other man stole from him, Illsley said.
The victim, Alaa I. Alkhawtawi, an Iraqi refugee, was not seriously injured. He was treated at a local hospital and released the same day of the stabbing.
Police were lucky to solve the case, Illsley said, because Al-khatawi speaks very little English. But a call to the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office produced a deputy who speaks Arabic. He was able to interview the victim, Illsley said.
The suspect, 29, South Salt Lake, has been charged with attempted murder, a first-degree felony. He is being held at the Salt Lake County Jail with bail set at $50,000.