SPRINGVILLE A trip to a Springville carnival ended with a man being stabbed in the back of the neck several times on the ride home early Sunday morning.
Police said a group of four coming home from the carnival were driving near 1400 N. Main when a 29-year old Pleasant Grove resident, who witnesses say was sitting in the back seat of the car, allegedly began to stab the man sitting in the passenger seat in the back of the neck.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, the driver quickly pulled into a parking lot where the man jumped out of the back of the car and left the scene on foot. The driver of the car called police to alert them of what had happened and that they were headed to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo.
Upon arriving at the hospital, officers were told that the man had received 12 stab wounds to the back of the neck and head. The report also says that one of the wounds may have cut part of the victim's spinal cord, which could result in paralysis.
While at the hospital, other officers were able to locate the suspect because people were calling in and reporting that a man was running around in their backyards. The man was located and a foot pursuit ensued, but the man eventually came to a stop.
According to the police report, the man confirmed that he had been at the carnival with the group, but he denied being in the car with them when the stabbing took place.
The man was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault and attempted murder. His initial court appearance will be Monday.