Person of interest in stabbing questioned, then released by Salt Lake Police

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) UPDATE: Police said Friday afternoon Kidus Yohannes was found and interviewed, a warrant was served for a DNA sample and he was released. Detectives say Yohannes has not been ruled out as a person of interest and they are still actively investigating the case.

University of Utah issued an alert Wednesday night regarding a person of interest in a homicide that was spotted on campus. 

U of U officials say Kidus Chane Yohannes, 31, sought in connection with a fatal stabbing, was seen around 11 a.m. at the Marriott Library. 

Police say he is considered armed and dangerous. “Out of an abundance of caution,” campus authorities are alerting the campus community.

Salt Lake City police had previously identified Yohannes as a person of interest in connection to the stabbing death of a 20-year-old Candace Rose Samples.

Around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 7, officers responded to the area of 500 North 300 West after reports that someone had been stabbed behind the Dollar Tree. 

When officers arrived, they found two victims, a man, and a woman. The woman, now identified as Samples, was pronounced dead on the scene. The man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Investigators say Yohannes is often seen in the area and is known to frequent the Marmalade Library at 280 West 500 North.

Anyone with information is asked to immediately call Salt Lake City Police Department at (801) 799-3000, University Police Department Dispatch at 801-585-2677 or dial 911.

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