KEARNS — Police on Tuesday arrested a teenager believed to have been involved in a Friday stabbing incident.
The 17-year-old is one of five suspects who, according to police, attacked Erik Juarez and his brother in a retail store parking lot near 4100 West and 5400 South at about 7:15 p.m. on May 6.
The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, has been booked into a detention center on suspicion of attempted homicide and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police are still trying to locate four others who were there at the time of the attack.
"The victim saw three individuals he recognized and has had problems with in the past," said Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal. He said two of the attackers began hitting the Juarez's vehicle with a baseball bat and when Juarez and his brother got out of the car, both were assaulted, later realizing that Juarez had been stabbed.
He was taken to the hospital in extremely critical condition and while he is now stable and continuing to improve, Hoyal said Juarez remains in serious condition.