HOLLADAY — A homeless man who was offered money to help a 58-year-old man stack boxes now sits in the Salt Lake County Jail accused of attempting to kill that man, according to police.
More details were released Tuesday on the arrest of Daimen Mikel, 25, who is accused of stabbing another man in the head, neck and face multiple times, according to Unified police.
“The victim is currently listed in critical condition and there is a chance he will not survive. Charges would be amended at that time if need be,” a police affidavit states.
Saturday night, Unified police responded to the area of 4600 South and 2200 East on a report of an assault. Officers arrived to find the victim had been stabbed 20 times, the affidavit states. Two knives covered with blood were recovered from the scene.
At the hospital, the victim was able to tell detectives that “he had hired Daimen to help him pack boxes this evening. (He) stated the male was homeless and he located him in Salt Lake City,” according to the affidavit.
Once they got to the victim’s house, the victim told Mikel to wash his hands in the kitchen sink, the affidavit states. As the victim was washing his hands, he noticed Mikel took off his shirt and the next thing he felt was “a sharp pain to the left side of his face and his glasses were knocked off on the floor. (The victim) stated he knew he had to get to the front door of his residence where he could get outside and call for help,” according to the affidavit.
The two men continued to fight before the victim was able to make it to his front porch and call for help.
“Two neighbors heard (him) and came outside and stated they saw the male stabbing (the victim) and they yelled for him to stop and he would not,” according to the affidavit.
The attacker ran off before emergency crews arrived.
On Sunday, a crew from the Unified Fire Authority was driving through the area when it spotted a man bleeding from the chest, the affidavit states.
“They stopped to see if he needed help and observed the male throw something into a bush. Officers who arrived on scene located a kitchen knife matching the victim’s knives hidden in the bush with blood on it,” according to the affidavit.
Police arrived and identified the man as Mikel. He was taken to a local hospital to be treated for “self-inflicted stab wounds to his chest and deep cuts to his hands,” and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of aggravated assault and aggravated burglary after being released from the hospital on Monday.