PROVO — Three friends are in jail after a man was stabbed in the chest over money.

American Fork police responded to a 911 call on March 23 from a man who reported he had been attacked and was bleeding from a 12-inch-long stab wound in the left side of his chest, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in 4th District Court.

Police say a man and woman and another man had planned the assault, which began when the man and woman picked up the victim the night of March 23 to do something together, said American Fork Police Sgt. Shauna Greening.

However, as they were driving, the plotters told the victim they thought they had a flat tire, and pulled into a parking lot near 400 E. 300 North, Greening said.

As they pulled in, a third and possibly other men were waiting and dragged the man out of the truck, according to the affidavit.

The victim said he was held down, assaulted and robbed of his leather jacket, then stabbed, leaving a huge bleeding gash, according to the affidavit

He was able to escape and ran to a nearby house for assistance, Greening said.

Police arrested the first man on March 27, and the other two suspects — the female driver and the alleged parking lot assailant — early Thursday morning.

Through the investigation, police say the victim identified the second two individuals from a photo lineup, and police went to the alleged assailant's home late Wednesday night.

When he wasn't there, they went to the woman's home in Provo, according to the affidavit.

Officers said she was "argumentative" and kept saying she didn't know the man they were looking for, according to the affidavit.

She was warned about lying but continued to claim the man wasn't there, even after someone else in the home said he was, according to the affidavit.

After she tried to shut the door on the police officers, the Provo SWAT team was called out, and they found the man hiding in the home, Greening said.

The woman admitted her involvement and was called "potentially dangerous" if released, because she wouldn't comply with police, according to the affidavit.

"There's great concern when we have an attempted homicide," said deputy Utah County Attorney Curtis Larson during a bail hearing Thursday morning.

McVey agreed with Larson's proposed $25,000 cash-only bail, calling the woman's actions an "extreme danger to society."

She was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of attempted homicide with two or more and obstructing justice.

The alleged parking lot assailant was arrested for investigation of attempted murder, gang enhanced; possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person; and aggravated robbery. He is being held on $100,000 cash-only bond. Larson said the man is also on parole, having been released from the Utah State Prison in January.

The first man arrested was picked up for investigation of aggravated assault on $25,000 cash-only bail.

A fourth man was arrested for obstruction of justice when he failed to let police enter the home to look for the alleged assailant.


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