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Stabbing suspect sought

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Park City police officers are hunting for a suspected gang member accused of a Friday night stabbing in Old Town, saying that the woman went after a co-worker when the two stepped out of a car while they driving home with three others.

Daniel Carriere suffered three stab wounds in his torso and complained of breathing problems before an ambulance took him to the intensive-care unit at the University of Utah Hospital, Park City Police Department Lt. Rick Ryan said. The police said the victim is in critical condition.

Ryan said the stabbing suspect is 17 years old, a minor, and he refused to release her name. Ryan said she is from Porterville, Calif., and is affiliated with the gang known as ‘Nortenos.’ He said, though, that the stabbing was not gang-related.

The police arrested another woman, also appearing to be a Nortenos gang member, on a charge of obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony. Beatrice Alcantar refused to tell the police the name of the stabbing suspect, Ryan said. Alcantar, 20, lives at Mac’s Motel in Heber, Ryan said.

The suspected stabber will face an aggravated-assault charge, Ryan said.

The victim worked on Main Street for Westgate, a timeshare at The Canyons that aggressively markets on Main Street with storefronts known as ‘tourist information centers,’ Ryan said. Alcantar worked for the timeshare company previously, he said.

Ryan said the four women and Carriere went together to the Star Bar, a Main Street nightclub nearby the Westgate storefronts. They left the bar and got into a white Lexus ES 300, which the victim drove north out of the Main Street core.

Ryan said a woman in the car told the police that the suspect was a "crazy girl who started to beat up" Carriere from the back seat. He pulled over but the women continued to attack, Ryan said, adding that it appeared that they wanted to take the car.

"She believed that the girls were trying to steal the car," Ryan said.

The attack continued, the suspect left the Lexus, returned, started attacking Carriere again and then stabbed him, according to Ryan. He is unsure what type of knife the suspect used.

He said there may have been a dispute about whether Carriere would drive them home. It was raining on Friday night.

The Police Department said, at just after 10 p.m., dispatchers received a 911 call reporting the stabbing. When officers arrived, they found Carriere sitting on a block wall complaining that the stab wounds were painful, the police said.

A person who saw the victim told the police they saw Carriere standing in the middle of Park Avenue, he forced them to stop and asked for help. The police said Carriere told officers at the scene that he did not provoke the attack and that the suspect is the friend of one of his co-workers.

Ryan said Carriere tried to run away after the stabbing and he feared that the woman planned to kill him.

The Nortenos gang originates from Northern California, north of Bakersfield, and stands for ‘Northerners,’ according to the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, which tracks gangs in Utah. They use ‘N,’ ‘Norte’ and ’14’ to identify themselves, the Sheriff’s Office said in a summary of gang activity in the region.

The stabbing follows less than two months after a California fugitive was found working at a Westgate tourist-information center on Main Street. Bartholomeu Gurrola, who the police described as a "violent fugitive," was wanted on warrants from Tulare County, Calif., including a charge of being a member of a street gang.

Gurrola went by the name of ‘Pete Rubio’ in Park City. Porterville, where the 17-year-old suspect is from, is in Tulare County.

Ryan said Westgate management is cooperating with the police in an effort to determine whether other workers in the storefronts are criminals or gang members. He said Westgate management is concerned with the two cases.

Todd Brannigan, the marketing director for Westgate, did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment about the stabbing. In February, after Gurrola was captured, Brannigan told The Park Record that Westgate performs background checks on its workers but could not explain how Westgate had missed Gurrola’s history when he was hired.


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