Man Stabbed Over Parking Spot, Police Search For Suspects in White Semiby Jana Ritter - Published: 1/11/2016
The shortage of parking for truck drivers has been an ongoing and escalating problem across the U.S. but this time it caused a heated argument that nearly cost a man his life. The incident occurred late Saturday evening at a Flying J station in Utah, where a fight over a parking spot led to a near fatal stabbing. As the victim recovers in the hospital, police are now searching for two suspects that fled the scene in a white semi hauling a flat bed of lumber.
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At about 11:20 p.m. on Saturday night, two semi-trucks arrived at a Flying J in Lake Point, Utah at around the same time and were apparently going for the same parking spot. According to Lt. Travis Scharmann of the Tooele County Sheriff's Office, the two drivers got out of their trucks and immediately got into a heated argument that led to a physical altercation. Each truck driver also had someone riding along with them and at some point during the altercation the two passengers got out of the trucks and into the middle of scuffle. The situation suddenly escalated into something far worse when one passenger pulled out a knife and stabbed the other passenger. Obviously realizing his grave mistake, the suspect and the driver he was accompanying quickly fled the scene leaving the victim with a serious stab wound to the stomach. The man had to be airlifted by helicopter to the University of Utah. Although he is expected to recover, the victim is not cooperating with authorities in tracking down the man who stabbed him.
Nevertheless, police have continued to search for the two men and have used gas pump records and surveillance footage to get more details about the suspects and how the situation went down. "There's a few things not making sense to us, but we're still looking into it with the victim not being too cooperative," said Lt. Scharmann. He also adds that the truck driver with the victim (who is also his brother) described the suspect and his driver as white and possibly foreign nationals from Russia by the way they spoke broken English. Police say the truck is a white semi with a flatbed trailer hauling two-by-four lumber that wasn't covered. Investigators have put word out to surrounding law enforcement agencies and are also seeking the public's help in locating the vehicle. Anyone with information about the stabbing or the truck can call Tooele County Sheriff’s Office at 435-882-5600.
Ricky Sweeney is a veteran truck driver who stopped at the Flying J on Sunday while police continued their investigation. "It's distressing. Stress probably has a lot to do with it, but you have a lot of irresponsible people," Sweeney said.