UPDATE: Wyoming man charged for allegedly stabbing other man in neck
A 45-year-old man from Wyoming was charged on Monday in Summit County’s 3rd District Court with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing another man in his neck at a convenience store in eastern Summit County on Saturday.
Charles Ryan Hendricks, of Evanston, Wyoming, was charged with one count of attempted murder with a dangerous weapon, a first-degree felony, according to court documents.
At around 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office received a report that Hendricks had allegedly stabbed a 62-year-old man from Magna during an unprovoked attack at the Bear River Lodge, located nearly 50 miles east of Kamas on the Mirror Lake Highway.
The victim had purchased items at the convenience store and was attempting to leave when Hendricks entered, according to Lt. Andrew Wright. Charging documents state Hendricks was muttering obscenities under his breath and had focused his attention on the victim. When the victim went to leave, Hendricks shoved him and yelled at him before stabbing him in the neck, prosecutors allege.
A witness then tackled Hendricks, while others restrained him until law enforcement arrived, according to the charging documents. One of the witnesses took the knife away from Hendricks as he referred to the victim as Satan. Witnesses used towels to apply pressure to the victim’s wound while family members placed the victim in a private vehicle, Wright said.
They drove toward Evanston with the victim, then were met by an ambulance. He was briefly taken to a hospital in Evanston before he was transferred to the University of Utah Hospital via medical helicopter. He was listed in serious, but stable condition, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
“I was able to talk to some members of his family this morning and his condition is still the same,” Wright said on Monday. “At this point, it is just a matter of determining his recovery time. It was a critical wounding.”
Wright said more than a dozen people witnessed the incident, including members of the victim’s family.
“This is just truly one of those instances where it was completely random,” he said. “The victim was just up for a family retreat, and they were enjoying some time together when this happened.”
Multiple agencies responded to the incident, including law enforcement from Uinta County and the Wyoming Sheriff’s Office and emergency medical services.
As of Monday, Hendricks was in custody at the Summit County Jail. He was being held on $100,000 cash-only bail. His initial appearance in court was scheduled for April 30.
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