Suspect in January stabbing in Prospector might have fled area
March 2, 2012
Investigators are continuing to search for the suspect in a January stabbing in Prospector, but the Park City Police Department said this week the man might have fled the area.
Juan Carols Alejo-Nava is accused of stabbing a coworker. The coworker suffered an injury to one side of his chest and was taken by ambulance to the Park City Medical Center, the police said. The man was released from the hospital, and it is not clear how long he was there.
The two worked at a kitchen, the prosecutors said. The stabbing occurred in Prospector.
In a charging document filed in Third District Court, prosecutors indicated the victim was found "bleeding profusely from a stab wound." The victim told the police Alejo-Nava stabbed him, the prosecutors said.
According to the charging document, the two argued earlier and the stabbing victim punched the suspect in the face while they were working. After their shifts, Alejo-Nava approached the other man and told him he wanted to fight, the prosecutor said. A fistfight ensued in a parking lot and the other man hit Alejo-Nava in the face over and over again, the prosecutor said.
The fight ended, the man was preparing to leave and Alejo-Nava "lunged at him" and stabbed him with a kitchen knife, according to the charging document.
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Alejo-Nava is 27 years old. The victim is 26 years old.
Alejo-Nava eluded a police dragnet in Prospector afterward.
Prosecutors charged Alejo-Nava with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony that is punishable by up to five years in state prison and a $5,000 fine upon conviction.
A $10,000 arrest warrant has been issued for Alejo-Nava’s arrest.
Mary Ford, a Police Department detective who is investigating, said Alejo-Nava is from Mexico and was living in Prospector at the time of the stabbing. She said the police do not have leads on his location.
"His whereabouts right now are unknown to us. At this time we do not believe he is in the Park City-Summit County area," she said.
Anybody with information may contact the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s anonymous-tip line, 615-5847.