A Millcreek man faces attempted murder charges after allegedly breaking into a house and repeatedly stabbing a woman Tuesday.
Leon Ward Pack, 42, Millcreek, has been charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, attempted murder, a second-degree felony, and assault, a class A misdemeanor. He is being held at the Salt Lake County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.An 11-year-old girl told police that she was playing in the front yard of her home, 3515 S. 200 East, about 1:30 p.m. when a man approached her saying he was going to "kill her," according to 3rd District Court charges filed Thursday. The girl ran into the house, and the man followed her.
Upon entering the house, the girl told her mother, Linda Anderson, 34, about the threats, the charges state. Anderson closed and locked the door.
But then the girl saw the man "break through the front window and begin stabbing her mother with a knife," the charges state.
The girl grabbed a cordless phone, ran into the bathroom and called 911, saying a man was in her home, said Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Alexander.
Meanwhile, several construction workers across the street heard glass breaking and Anderson scream, the charges state. The men approached the house to investigate the noise and saw Anderson come out of her home.
"She was holding her chest and you could see the blood everywhere. She was bleeding really bad," said Jim Richardson, one of the construction workers at the scene.
Richardson yelled at the woman to come over to him, but she headed next door for help. A man ran out of the house and turned south down 200 East, Richardson said.
Richardson shouted at Belinda Burns, who was sitting nearby in her van, to follow the man, while he and about 10 others from the construction site pursued him on foot.
The man turned east on Winslow (3515 South) and disappeared into a residence, which police said is his mother's home. Construction workers surrounded the home.
Richardson said he asked the suspect why he attacked the woman.
"He said it was because (the victim) had `busted my mother and ruined our life,' " Richardson said.
But it doesn't appear Anderson knew the man, and investigators still don't know what caused him to attack her, said Salt Lake County deputy sheriff Peggy Faulkner.
Police recovered a small folding knife from the street in front of the home, Alexander said. Pack was arrested and later admitted to police and an LDS Hospital emergency room doctor who treated him for superficial cuts that he had stabbed Anderson "six or seven times," the charges state.
Anderson was taken to University Hospital where she was listed in good condition Thursday night. Her daughter was not injured.