Ogden Police Department
Xavier Soto

OGDEN — Police arrested a man Wednesday who they say chased down and stabbed an Ogden man to death after that man had stopped to try and keep the suspect from assaulting a woman in an alley.

Xavier Soto, 18, was booked into the Weber County Jail for investigation of murder in the death of DJ Parkinson, 28, earlier this month. Police say Soto, with assistance from his attorney, contacted them on Wednesday and turned himself in.

Parkinson was found lying in the grass in the 2200 block of Monroe Boulevard about 9:50 p.m. on Feb. 2 with two wounds to his chest and back, according to a Weber County Jail report.

"The injuries appeared to be slash or puncture type injuries," the report states.

He was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Police previously reported that Soto and Parkinson were with a larger group of people when the men had an undisclosed disagreement. The Wednesday report says Soto had been in a "physical altercation" with a woman in an alley when Parkinson tried to intervene and stop the assault. The woman was not seriously injured.

"Shortly after the victim confronted Soto, (Parkinson) started to run away west down an alleyway being chased by Xavier Soto," the report states.

After chasing Parkinson, Soto stabbed him twice in the torso on Monroe Boulevard, according to the report. A portion of the attack was recorded on surveillance video.

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Investigators could not say Thursday whether Parkinson and Soto had had prior contact or were acquainted with each other before the confrontation in the alley. Ogden Police Lt Brian Eynon said detectives were still "trying to get to the bottom of what really happened" prior to the stabbing.

Soto is a member of the Ogden Trece criminal street gang and he "has a substantial criminal history as a juvenile," the report states.

As of Thursday, no formal criminal charges have been filed against Soto in the stabbing death.