UPDATED 10:45 a.m. to incorporate particulars released by Cedar City Police Saturday morning, including more precise time of incident.
CEDAR CITY — Police responded to an incident involving a stabbing around 11:30 p.m. Friday after an officer from the Cedar City Police Department stopped a vehicle for speeding at the Cedar City Hospital parking lot.
After the stop, the officer discovered the driver was trying to get his friend to the hospital following a stabbing. The victim was admitted to the hospital for a single stab wound to the abdomen. Authorities said his injuries are not life threatening.
Within minutes from the first incident, another call came in to dispatch alleging a juvenile, who was with his cousins, had been jumped by a group of people at Bicentennial Park, 660 W. 1045 North.
The family did not want their names released to the public but told Cedar City News they had been driving around trying to get their baby to sleep when their car started overheating. When they stopped at the park the juvenile got out of the vehicle and was allegedly jumped making his way to the restroom, they said.
However, a further investigation later found the stabbing was a result of multiple subjects fighting at the Bicentennial Park.
Officers found evidence during their investigation to support that during the altercation property was stolen from a male subject. As a result, two juveniles have since been booked into the Iron County Youth Corrections facility for robbery.
What specific role the family and the juvenile played in the altercation was not reported in a news release issued by Cedar City Police Department Saturday morning.
Officers are continuing to process evidence and interview witnesses.
The motive for the incidents is still under investigation. Additional charges may be filed at the conclusion of the investigation, police said.
Cedar City Police, Iron County Sheriff’s deputies, Utah Highway Patrol troopers and medical support from Gold Cross Ambulance responded to the two scenes.
Police said no more information will be released until the investigation is complete.
Persons arrested or charged, including juveniles detained, are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact. Names of juveniles who are alleged victims, accused or witnesses are not named in light of privacy considerations.
This is a developing story. Updates will be made as more information is made available.
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