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Littering leads to stabbing in West Valley City, suspect still on the loose

Jul 2, 2019, 11:58 AM

WEST VALLEY CITY – West Valley City Police are looking for a homeless man they say stabbed another man over a case of littering.

Lt. Shane Matheson says the victim was loading up his truck and trailer early Tuesday morning near Redwood Road and 2800 South when he tossed an empty plastic bucket into the bushes. That bucket accidentally hit a homeless man sleeping there, who got angry about the littering and jumped at the driver.

“An altercation ensued and the victim was stabbed in the back and then also in the face,” Matheson said.

The homeless man ran away, and police say their K-9 officers were unable to track him.

The victim is being treated at a hospital and is expected to survive.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man, with long, shoulder-length hair. He was also seen wearing red clothing. Officers found drug paraphernalia where he was sleeping.

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