21-year-old arrested after stabbing at Salt Lake City motel

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – A 21-year-old man is in custody after police say he stabbed another man in the parking lot of a motel in Salt Lake City early Saturday morning.

According to arresting documents, James Allen David was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Saturday on one count of second degree felony aggravated assault.

Police were dispatched to 1829 South State Street for reports of an altercation between a couple of people around 8:00 a.m. The two individuals had met about a week earlier at another location where the suspect had sold the victim marijuana.

The victim returned to the Zion’s Motel Saturday to inquire about another purchase of marijuana. Both parties then walked toward the room in which David had been staying. The victim stayed outside while David went inside, documents state.

Moments later David came out of his motel room and rushed toward the victim and stabbed him in the chest, according to documents.

David and his girlfriend then both ran from the scene. Police were later able to locate David and the girlfriend and place them into custody.

The victim was heavily injured and bleeding but still able to call 911 and request help.

During an interview with police, David said he stabbed the victim in self-defense however video surveillance from the motel shows otherwise.

Preliminary information indicated the victim received a punctured lung from the knife wound that required emergency intervention.

Officials say the incident remains under investigation.

ABC4 will update as the story develops.

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