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TAYLORSVILLE — A man was stabbed in the head late Wednesday night after he refused to give money to a panhandler at a Burger King, according to Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke.
Police arrested Antonio Moreno, 22, in connection with the stabbing after witnesses said Moreno had been asking people for food and money at the Burger King near 3975 West and 4700 South, according to Lohrke.
Just after midnight Wednesday, the victim had ordered his food in the drive-thru and was proceeding to the parking lot when the suspect came up to the man’s vehicle and asked for money, Lohrke said.
When the driver refused, the suspect allegedly stabbed the man in the head and chest as he sat in his vehicle. The victim stumbled up to the drive-thru window where restaurant employees called police, Lohrke said.
Moreno allegedly also stole the victim's phone, wallet and cash, according to a statement of probable cause. Police later arrested Moreno at an apartment complex in the 3800 block of West Rockwood Way in West Valley City.
Unified Fire Authority responded to the scene and treated the man, who was then transported to Intermountain Medical Center in critical but stable condition. On Thursday afternoon, Lohrke said he was not sure if the man’s condition had improved but said his injuries were not life-threatening.
During the assault, the victim apparently bit Moreno on the arm, which helped police find and connect him with the stabbing; however, Lohrke added that it did not appear as though the victim had been aggressive with Moreno.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct Moreno's first name.