WEST JORDAN — A Salt Lake County man was arrested Friday after police say he stabbed another man more than a dozen times before he broke into two homes and eventually barricaded himself from police.
Ceasar Eduardo Aguilar, 20, was booked into Salt Lake County Jail on a suspicion of attempted homicide, aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of a firearm by a restricted person, aggravated burglary, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia. Court records list him as having a Magna home address.
The chain of events happened shortly after 9 a.m., according to a West Jordan police affidavit filed in 3rd District Court. A witness told police that Aguilar and a 42-year-old man were "discussing the price of some jewelry" that the 42-year-old man was selling. All three were in the same vehicle during the discussion when Aguilar "began acting crazy" and stabbed the man, according to the witness.
Police say the 42-year-old man was stabbed 15 to 18 times in the chest, neck, arm and back.
Aguilar then reportedly fled the vehicle and broke into a home located near 6900 S. Decora Way. The owner of the home confronted Aguilar and he fled to another home on the block that was unoccupied at the time, the affidavit continued.
While at the second home, police said he fired a gun at responding officers and also caused damage to "multiple" doors and windows inside the home. A SWAT team was called, but police were able to take Aguilar into custody when he decided come out of the home.
While in custody, he told police that he stabbed someone because he was "protecting" the third person in the car and that he didn't shoot a gun. He also said he had consumed "a large amount" of methamphetamine and heroin, the affidavit added.
Police also wrote that the 42-year-old man who was stabbed was driven to Jordan Valley Hospital and was listed in critical condition as of Friday night. There was no update on his condition Saturday.
Jail records didn't indicate whether Aguilar obtained legal representation. Court records show he was charged in 3rd District Court on June 21 with assault and interference with an arresting officer, both class B misdemeanors, and intoxication, a class C misdemeanor, in relation to an incident that same day. Records also show he is scheduled to face arraignment in that case next week.