WEST VALLEY CITY — Police responding to a report of a woman screaming in a parking lot Monday morning said they discovered that the woman had been stabbed in the back.
Just after 6:30 a.m., police were called to the parking lot of an apartment complex, 3524 W. Parkway Blvd. (2700 South), and found the woman had a stab wound in her lower back, according to a prepared statement from West Valley police.
The woman was taken to a local hospital for surgery, but her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening, according to police.
Rico Rodriguez, 49, was arrested for investigation of aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by restricted person. A knife was recovered at the scene.
Rodriguez told police that he got into a heated argument with the woman when he told her to leave his apartment. He claims the woman was hitting him, and he got a pocket knife to defend himself, according to a police affidavit.
“Ricardo mentioned the altercation continued and he pushed the victim with his right hand to her shoulder causing her to turn slightly, then pushed her away with both arms causing the knife to penetrate the victim,” the affidavit states.