BOUNTIFUL — A 57-year-old woman was stabbed to death late Saturday night, and police have arrested a man who they believe stayed with the woman from time to time.

Officers found Susanne Fry in a pool of blood on the floor of her apartment around 11:30 p.m., an official said. She had been stabbed multiple times with a kitchen knife in her apartment at 2135 S. Main.

Phillip Simmons, 35, was arrested just before midnight about a block away from Fry's apartment. He is being held without bail in the Davis County jail for investigation of aggravated murder.

"She was a good neighbor," said John Grondel. "If she had a fault, it was being too friendly. She didn't deserve to die that way."

Fry was a widow who had lived alone since her husband died several years ago, Grondel said. But police said Simmons might have been staying with the woman periodically. They found clothes and personal papers in the apartment, Bountiful Police Lt. Randy Pickett said.

"We don't know the relationship," he said. "We don't know how long he had been there."

Neighbors called police Saturday night after hearing loud banging and glass breaking in Fry's apartment, Pickett said.

"The upstairs sliding-glass door was broken out," Pickett said. "He destroyed the place. He broke all the dishes. Punched holes in the wall with a hammer. All the mirrors were broken and the furniture was tipped over."

Police said a man tried to find a car in the parking lot of the apartment complex about the same time, setting off a number of alarms. One neighbor said he he looked outside and saw a man walking toward the street as if he were "taking a Sunday stroll."

As police searched Fry's home, an officer in the area stopped Simmons about a block north of the woman's apartment. Simmons was wearing a T-shirt and camouflage jeans and had a small amount of blood on his skin and clothes, Pickett said.

Simmons has not said much to investigators about what happened in Fry's apartment Saturday night.

"They were arguing, we think, over some food," Pickett said. "The suspect said the next thing he remembers is waking up and there was blood all over the place. He really doesn't say much more than that. He just starts rambling."

Simmons is being held in the medical unit of the Davis County Jail. Officials said they believe he might have a mental illness, Pickett said.

Bountiful police are familiar with Simmons. The man worked at several convenience stores in the area and had a number of run-ins with officers. A search of court records shows Simmons has faced a handful of misdemeanor charges.


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