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Charges: Suicidal man attacked Orem landlords with knife

A man who police say attacked three people, including his two landlords, was criminally charged at 4th District Court on Friday.

A man who police say attacked three people, including his two landlords, was criminally charged at 4th District Court on Friday. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)



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OREM — An Orem man accused of stabbing his two landlords and another renter in an unprovoked attack has been criminally charged.

On Monday, police were called to a home in the area of 1400 South and 720 East, where a man allegedly attacked a homeowner and his wife — from whom the man was renting a room — and another man, according to police. Wilton Vladimir Molina, 24, was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail. On Friday, Wilton was charged in 4th District Court with two counts of attempted aggravated murder, a first-degree felony; and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

In a GoFundMe page* organized by family members, the homeowners are identified simply by their first names, Steve and Dana.

Steve had rented out the two rooms in his basement prior to getting married to help pay his mortgage, according to the fundraising site. After he and Dana were married, they continued renting out rooms.

"Sharing their house with renters had always been a positive experience until now. This attack was completely unprovoked and unexpected. This particular renter had lived with them for the past year, they shared meals and talked with him often. There were no previous indicators that this man could be capable of such a horrific crime," the webpage states.

According to a police booking affidavit, Dana was in the kitchen cooking when Molina entered and "just stared at her," then went to the basement. A short time later, the other man who rented a room started screaming, "He's stabbing me," according to the affidavit. "The female made her way to the stairway and saw Molina charging up the stairs with his hands raised and a knife in one of his hands."

The fundraising page further stated that Molina "had an evil look in his eyes and was clutching a knife," as he charged toward Dana.

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Dana's 12-year-old son ran out of the house to get help from neighbors. Dana called out for Steve, who was in another room, to help.

"Steve ran out to the dining room and saw Dana trapped in the corner with the man trying to stab her," the family said in the online synopsis. "Steve tackled the man to stop him from hurting Dana. A long fight ensued and Steve was repeatedly stabbed in his shoulder, bicep, arms and hands as he fought for their lives."

Dana also jumped on Molina's back to try and stop the attack. According to Orem police, Steve took a wooden chair and hit Molina with it several times in the neck and head.

"The landlords were able to restrain (Molina) long enough to retrieve their own personal handgun and hold defendant at gunpoint until officers could arrive," according to charging documents. "While being held at gunpoint, (Molina) was yelling, 'Kill me.' A suicide note was found on his desk at the house."

Steve was taken to a local hospital where he stayed for three days and underwent surgery to repair multiple stab wounds to his shoulder, arm and head, the family said. Dana was treated for minor cuts to her wrist and shin, the charges state.

Adding to the tragic string of events, Dana was driving home from the hospital to get clothes for Steve when she was T-boned by a driver who ran a red light, according to the family. Dana did not suffer serious injuries.

The second renter was stabbed in the abdomen, neck and arm, according to charging documents. He was taken to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

*KSL.com does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Crisis Hotlines

  • Utah County Crisis Line: 801-226-4433
  • Salt Lake County/UNI Crisis Line: 801-587-3000
  • Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021 after many years of reporting for the Deseret News

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