FARMINGTON — A man who police say stabbed and critically injured another man after a party in the early hours of New Year's Day is now charged with attempted murder.
Michael Ray Mendoza, 32, of West Valley City, was charged Friday in 2nd District Court with attempted murder, a first-degree felony. He was also charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a third-degree felony, and accident involving property damage, a class B misdemeanor, according to court documents.
On Tuesday morning, police were called to a car accident at 90 N. Main Street in Layton where officers said Mendoza had crashed into a parked car and then abandoned his vehicle in a nearby parking lot.
Mendoza was found "a short distance away and appeared very intoxicated," according to charging documents, and a blood alcohol test showed a level of .292.
Officers noticed blood on Mendoza's shirt and on the vehicle he was driving, charges state. He also had a knife with blood on the blade, police said.
About 15 minutes later, officers learned that a stabbing victim had arrived at the Davis Hospital emergency room. The man had been stabbed in the chest and left ribcage, police said, and he needed to be flown to the University Hospital in Salt Lake City.1 comment on this story
Multiple witnesses to the stabbing told investigators Mendoza "had been argumentative and threatening all evening, including threatening to stab (the victim's) sister earlier in the night," charges state.
When he was stabilized in the hospital but still in critical condition, the man who Mendoza allegedly stabbed told police that he and Mendoza had left the party together and gotten into an argument while walking towards a Maverik convenience store.
That's when Mendoza stabbed the other man twice and then held the knife to his throat, the man told police. The injured man then escaped and made it to a hospital, charges state.