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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake police are looking for a man accused of stabbing another man in the Ballpark neighborhood early Wednesday, leaving the victim in critical condition.
Police say they are very familiar with the alleged attacker, who has a lengthy criminal history
About 3:45 a.m., Daniel Duane Etherington, 46, of Clinton, attacked a woman at an apartment complex near 1450 S. West Temple, according to a statement from Salt Lake police. As this was happening, the woman's 29-year-old boyfriend arrived at the apartment complex and immediately tried to help.
However, the boyfriend was stabbed multiple times by Etherington, according to police. Friends drove the victim to a local hospital. Police put out an "attempt to locate" alert for Etherington, who allegedly drove away after the attack.
Just after 5 a.m., an officer from another department spotted Etherington's car near 3000 West and 2900 South. The officer followed the car until Salt Lake officers could get into position.
Etherington refused to pull over and led officers on a chase. Police said they called off their pursuit not long after for safety reasons due to Ehterington's reckless driving and poor weather conditions.
Police say Etherington should be considered "armed and dangerous." In addition to Wednesday's assault, officers say he is also wanted in connection with a separate aggravated assault investigation.
Anyone with information about Ehterington is asked to call police at 801-799-3000.
Ethertington's long criminal history includes an arrest in 2009 for after police say he made terroristic threats at Salt Lake Community College. Formal charges in that case were ultimately not filed. In October, he was arrested and accused of stabbing a dog to death. He was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, but the case was dismissed three weeks ago when prosecutors were unable to proceed with the case, according to court documents.
Etherington currently faces charges of failing to stop for police and interfering with an arrest for an incident in September. He also is charged with criminal mischief and assault in another case for damaging two cash registers at a McDonald's in downtown Salt Lake City after being told to leave because of comments he made toward an employee taking his order, charging documents state.
Also in September, Etherington was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill employees at a 7-Eleven and causing an estimated $10,000 damage to the store with a baseball bat, according to a police booking affidavit. The arresting officer noted in the affidavit that "Daniel has a history of violent behavior, including convictions of discharge of a firearm (1995), robbery (2004), and multiple additional charges of assault on police, and simple assault throughout the years."
In 2004, Etherington was sentenced to a term of one to 15 years in the Utah State Prison for a conviction of robbery, according to court records.