UPDATE: Charles Hendricks, 45, of Evanston, Wyoming entered a guilty plea but mentally ill to first-degree felony attempted murder last Thursday in Summit County.
The crime is punishable by a prison term of 5-year-to-life at the Utah State Prison.
Hendricks is scheduled to be sentenced Feb 25.
SUMMIT COUNTY (News4Utah) – A man was vacationing in the Uintas with family when he was stabbed by a stranger Saturday morning. Police say the two men had never met, and there was absolutely no provocation for the attack.
Police say they were called at about 9:45am Saturday and learned from witnesses that 45 year-old Charles Hendricks and the 62 year-old victim passed each other in the doorway of a small convenience store at the Bear River Lodge. Hendricks turned suddenly and stabbed the 62 year-old once in the neck.
Police say Hendricks was restrained by witnesses and has been arrested and charged with attempted murder; he is from Wyoming and police say he’s had prior run-ins with law enforcement.
Police say the victim was in the convenience store buying treats for his grandchildren. He was initially air-lifted to the hospital in critical condition, but has since been upgraded to stable condition.