SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Police say the victim of a stabbing and kidnapping called for help while he was locked inside a car trunk.
Unified Police Department spokesman Levi Hughes told ABC 4, a call came at about 7 a.m. Monday from man saying he was stabbed in the hand, kidnapped and forced inside a trunk.
Hughes said the victim called from a location near Gunn Avenue, where officers followed the car into the Covewood Village Apartments on 345 East Summerpine (3429 South).
Hughes said officers observed a suspect, Michael Forgette, getting out of the car, jumping a fence and taking off on foot.
Hughes said a female passenger was in the front seat of the car and that officers were interviewing her to try and determine whether she was a suspect or victim.
Hughes said the victim was located inside the trunk. He had been stabbed in the hand and taken to Intermountain Medical Center for treatment.
About an hour later, Hughes said a woman called police saying a man forced his way into her apartment on 412 East 3400 South, armed with a knife.
Hughes said the man didn't threaten woman, but stayed in her house for about an hour, saying he just needed to hide from police.
At about 8:00 a.m. Hughes said the suspect forced the woman leave with him on foot for a while before he took off running.
Hughes said the woman was not hurt and remained calm throughout the incident.
Hughes said the man was identified as 42-year-old Michael Forgette, descrined as 6 feet tall, weighing 175 pounds with bleached strawberry blonde hair.
Hughes said Forgette was wearing a black and blue shirt and grey pants.
Hughes said Forgette claimed victim owed him a debt, and that he was unable to pay, so the suspect forced him in the trunk of the small white car.
Hughes said that the victim told Forgette he would be able to recover debt if they went to the Covewood Village Apartments.
Hughes said that as of late Monday evening, Forgette was still at large.