UPDATE: Man behind triple stabbing at Orem restaurant in custody, Saturday

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SATURDAY 01/06/21 2:32 p.m.

OREM, Utah (ABC4) – Officers have taken a man into custody following a triple-stabbing that took place Friday night.

On March 5, Orem Police officers were dispatched to the scene of a stabbing that had occurred at a local restaurant. Upon arrival, officers discovered multiple people holding down the alleged suspect.

The Orem Police Department now identifies the suspect as Joshua Oropeza.

“Detectives were called out to assist with the investigation. Detectives interviewed multiple witnesses and victims,” the department informs. “Victim 1 said he was with Oropeza and another person who witnessed the attack. They picked up Oropeza and drove to the Denny’s restaurant.”

According to officials, after Victim 1 picked up Oropeza, he started acting ‘strange’ and then moments later pulled out a knife and tried to stab Victim 1.

Arresting documents then indicate, that Victim 1 immediately ran into the Denny’s restaurant all while being chased by Oropeza, who during it all managed to stab the first victim multiple times.

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“Victims 2, 3, and 4 heard the commotion and saw Oropeza chasing Victim 1 with a knife, trying to stab him,” officers share. “They followed them into the kitchen area where they tried to hold Oropeza down and get the knife away from him.”

According to the Orem Police Department, after officers arrived and took Oropeza into custody, they found that Victim 1 had sustained stab wounds to the neck, spine, and also severed a tendon. Victim 2 sustained a broken ankle and Victim 3 sustained a stab wound to their left arm.

Officers also say, Oropeza attempted to stab a fourth victim but was unsuccessful.

Arresting documents say Oropeza was booked into the Utah County Jail after receiving medical attention. He was booked on the charges of attempted homicide and 3 counts of aggravated assault. 

ORIGINAL STORY: 3 people stabbed at Denny’s in Orem, police investigating

FRIDAY 01/05/21 6:57 p.m.

OREM, Utah (ABC4) – Officers are on the scene of a stabbing at a Denny’s in Orem.

Officers say they responded to reports of a stabbing and got to the scene to find three victims who were wounded.

All the victims are reportedly in stable condition and are receiving medical treatment.

Police say there is no further danger to the public. No other information about the incident has been made available.

This is a developing story. Updates will be provided as they become available.

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