LAYTON, Utah (ABC4 News) – A West Valley City man was arrested and charged with attempted murder after police said he allegedly stabbed a man during an argument New Year’s Day in Layton.
The bizarre chain of events started when police received a call on a reported hit and run car accident
near 90 N. Main Street at about 5:30 a.m. In a search for the suspect’s vehicle, they found it near Gentile Street and Main Street crashed and abandoned in a parking lot.
There was a large amount of blood found outside of the vehicle on the right rear quarter panel. The car was found to be registered to someone from West Valley City.
Police noticed an intoxicated man walking near where the vehicle was parked.
The man, identified as Michael Ray Mendoza, had the same address as the registered owner of
In a search of Mendoza, police said they located a bloody knife. He also had a large amount of blood on his arm that did not appear to be from him. They also found blood inside of Mendoza’s pants pockets.
Mendoza told officers he had been in a fight and someone had stolen his car. He was transported to Davis Hospital to be seen for injuries he sustained in the previous hit and run.
During the investigation of this incident, Layton City Police received a call from Davis Hospital on a report of a man who had been stabbed twice, one in the chest that punctured his lung and one in the abdomen that lacerated his liver. The victim was then flown by AirMed to the University of Utah Hospital in critical condition.
Police soon discovered Mendoza was hanging out with several individuals at a home in Layton to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Witnesses at the party said Mendoza had threatened someone at the home with a knife after he felt they were being disrespectful. Mendoza was also seen arguing with other individuals in the home.
Police were able to speak with the victim at the hospital when he stabilized. The victim told police he and Mendoza were arguing about something but didn’t remember what the argument was about and as they were walking outside towards a convenience store later that morning, Mendoza pulled out a silver bladed knife and stabbed him.
The victim said he was able to get away and get to his car to drive himself to the hospital.
During the interview with Mendoza he stated he does not remember verbally arguing or yelling at
anyone during the party.
Mendoza was booked into the Davis County Jail on second-degree felony attempted murder.