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Police seek suspects who used knife to injure man on bike path

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Jan 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-17 22:49:16-05

ST. GEORGE, Utah - A St. George man said he was attacked while walking on a bike path Thursday night, and now police are asking for the public’s help finding four suspects they believe were involved.

Police officials said they got the call just after 6:30 Thursday evening. The man had been walking on a bike trail near 1800 west Sunset Boulevard when four men approached him.

“[The men] produced a knife and stabbed him, or cut him on his chin,” said St. George Police Sergeant Sam Despain. “He did not know his attackers, did not know who they were, and doesn’t know why they would approach him.”

The man was able to walk to a nearby shopping plaza, where paramedics happened to be. They transported him to the hospital. Officers searched the area, but with little to go on, didn’t find anyone. Three of those men are described as Hispanic, one Caucasian. At least one of them is in their 20s.

“We don’t feel these people were just out randomly attacking people,” Despain said. “We’re still investigating, looking into it further trying to establish a motive of why this occurred.”

People who use the trail said it's unnerving to hear of an attack on such a heavily used city trail, but those we talked to said they always take precautions to avoid any potentially dangerous situations.

“I feel like it’s secure,” said trail user Kent Garrett. “We don’t go at times that are early morning or late at night, when there could be anybody hiding in the bushes or anything that way.”

Anyone who may have seen what happened is asked to contact St. George police at 435-627-4301.