SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Four people were stabbed in Salt Lake City Tuesday night and one person is in custody.
This happened after a brawl broke out behind the homeless shelter near 200 South and 500 West.
What started out as a argument between a man and his girlfriend somehow escalated into a massive fight involving 10-15 people, police say.
Christopher Robertson, 30, was arrested for three counts of aggravated assault and possession of a dangerous weapon.
“This is the largest stabbing victim scene that I’ve seen down here. When we have four separate stabbing victims so this is unusual,” said. Det. Cody Lougy with Salt Lake City Police Department.
During a massive fight along 500 West police say a man pulled out a large knife and started stabbing people.
Two men were stabbed in the chest while two others suffered other wounds to their arm.
The first victim is in very serious condition, but police say he could have died if it wasn’t for one of the first officers on scene.
“Fortunately we had an officer that was a parametric who rendered first aid to that individual and probably saved his life,” said Det. Lougy.
Some of the homeless residents say they’re shocked by what unfolded because crime seemed to be going down. They say the increased police presence has helped.
“I think it’s more a part of getting these people removed. Getting these things enforced and getting these things taken care of so they don’t happen in the future,” said Gary Gallngos, homeless resident.
The crime scene stretched over two blocks and police had this area blocked off for several hours.
Investigators are also trying to track the girlfriend off the man in custody to ask her what unfolded earlier tonight. She is described as a 25-year-old white female about 6’2″ with shoulder length blonde/brown hair. She was last seen wearing a purple tank with blue jeans and grey shoes.