A relatively quiet eastside neighborhood erupted in violence Friday night when a teenager was fatally stabbed by another teen at a weekend party.
Police arrested a 16-year-old male and placed him in juvenile detention Saturday afternoon for investigation of criminal homicide.Joseph G. Hawkins, 16, was pronounced dead on arrival at University Hospital after being flown from the suburban neighborhood in extremely critical condition.
Police said the boy was stabbed after tensions peaked at a party with as many as 30 teens at 1606 E. Transwest Drive (11145 South). A fight broke out and moved to the street, where another boy attacked Hawkins at about 11:15 p.m.
Sandy Police spokesman David Lundberg said Hawkins was stabbed twice in the chest with a large knife outside the residence. The homeowners were not home at the time, Lundberg said.
"We think some people showed up that weren't invited (to the party), when things got out of control," Lundberg said. "The . . . suspect was allegedly intoxicated when the stabbing occurred."
After the stabbing, the suspect fled. Lundberg said the incident was "absolutely not" gang-related.
Emergency crews and a LifeFlight helicopter that landed in the area brought many neighborhood residents out of their homes.
One neighbor who did not give her name had just arrived home from a high school graduation when she went outside to see what was going on. She said she overheard some of the youths blaming each other for the incident, saying it might not have happened "if they hadn't egged (the suspect) on."
The woman, who lives a couple of houses from where the slaying occurred, said she thought the parents were out of town for the weekend. "There wouldn't have been a party there if the parents had been at home," she said.
Another neighbor across the street said she heard a lot of noise coming from the home before police arrived. The woman, asking not to be identified, said she also thought some uninvited youths might havecrashed the party.
"On certain weekend nights we get a lot of kids gathering in the neighborhood," she said. "But it's never gotten out of hand like last night."
Lundberg said the residential area is usually quiet, "and there are always parties, sometimes with some physical stuff, but it's unusual they get this out of control."