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Roommate stabbed; suspect sent for psychological evaluation



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MIDVALE -- A fight between two roommates ended with one of them stabbed. The other roommate was taken to University Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

Midvale police say a fight broke out between the two men around 8 p.m. Tuesday at their home near 300 East and 8000 South. They say during the fight, one of the men picked up a knife and stabbed his 65-year-old roommate several times, cutting an artery and sending him to the hospital.

Police say the victim's brachial artery was slashed. He was rushed into surgery to stop the bleeding.

The suspect, 27-year-old Kevin Jones, was taken into custody when officers arrived.

Police say as they were taking Jones into custody, he claimed he was having some sort of out-of-body experience and that he was fighting with Satan. They took him to University Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

Police are not sure what prompted the stabbing, but they say the two were arguing about something when it happened.

"The person that ended up committing the crime at this point, he has some psychological problems. I'm not sure if that played a factor in this, but the investigation is on-going," Olsen said.

Police say while Jones does have a history of mental illness, they have never had any reports of violent behavior from him.

E-mail: spark@ksl.com

Shara Park

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