Javier Catana Rojas

The Utah County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to find a man accused of stabbing a co-worker at a mink farm in Lehi.

Officers are searching for Javier Catana Rojas, 30. He was described as bald with brown eyes and was last seen wearing a gray polo shirt, said Utah County Sheriff's Lt. Dennis Harris. Officers are concerned he may be attempting to return to Mexico, yet Rojas doesn't own a car so he may be traveling by bus, train or a stolen vehicle, Harris said.

The stabbing took place at a residence located on the farm at 10400 W. 9330 North. Harris said a group of people, mostly employees at the farm, were drinking at the house Saturday before the stabbing broke the group up. The stabbing victim walked to a neighbor's house and called police, who arrived just before 1 a.m.

"We know that alcohol was involved, but we're not sure what led to the fight," Harris said.

The victim, in his 40s, is being held in the intensive care unit at American Fork Hospital. His name has not been released because his family hasn't been notified. He was stabbed in the neck with a kitchen knife that Harris said was 6 to 8 inches in length.

"He is actually pretty lucky to be alive," the lieutenant said. "The knife just missed the artery, and that very well could have killed him."

After the stabbing, Rojas and another man, Adulfo Rodriguez-Rendon, 31, left and headed to nearby Saratoga Springs, where Rodriguez-Rendon was arrested at another mink farm in the area, Harris said.

Harris said Rojas managed to keep moving and was unsure how the two men became separated. Rodriguez-Rendon was arrested and booked for investigation of obstruction of justice and INS violations and was being questioned by law enforcement Saturday afternoon.

Officers are asking that the public contact the sheriff's office with any information about Rojas, 801-851-4000.


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