Drum Circle Participants Help Apprehend Stabbing Suspect


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – A Sunday afternoon drum circle at Liberty Park suddenly became violent when a fist fight turned into a stabbing.

Witnesses say dozens of people were drumming and dancing around 2:30 pm when the good vibes suddenly stopped.

“There was a bunch of people running towards us and then I seen two young guys mixing it up,” witness Uriah Opheim told ABC4 Utah News. “I had seen them in a previous altercation…Today it would seem the dude got stabbed and then the other dude came after him, he chased down the guy who stabbed him down and was fighting with him.”

“The suspect was falling to the ground, pulled out a knife and stabbed a victim in the rib,” Lieutenant Michael Hatch of the Salt Lake City Police Department said.

Witnesses said several people from the drum circle chased the suspect, 20 year old Destin Parker, tackled him and held him down until police arrived.

“We don’t want people to put themselves in danger,” Lt. Hatch said. “We certainly appreciate when they help us out. Like I say he most likely would have gotten away before officers were able to find him here in the park.”

Police say that Parker will be charged with aggravated assault. The 22 year old victim was taken to the hospital by friends.

This comes exactly four weeks after shots were fired here here during a drum circle on May 1st. Luckily nobody was wounded that day.

“The drum circle’s an unorganized event and whoever wants to show up can so sometimes we do attract a dirty element,” Opheim said. “But most of the people are here just to listen to the music, enjoy the socialization and enjoy an afternoon in the park. It’s really unfortunate that some people think that they need to bring their problems here.”

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