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Centerville man pleads guilty of attempting to murder wife

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Posted at 4:33 PM, Apr 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-07 18:46:23-04

Mug Shot: Stepan Badikyan

Mug Shot: Stepan Badikyan

FARMINGTON, Utah — A man accused of cutting his wife and trying to run over her with his car pleaded guilty to attempted murder Tuesday.

Police said Stepan Badikyan, 51, assaulted his wife morning at their Centerville apartment while arguing over whether to divorce on May 29, 2014.

“(He) cut his wife in the neck area with the box cutter and he also cut himself, subsequent to that, they started to head over to the hospital,” said Centerville Assistant Chief Paul Child.
Police said the attack then carried over to Bountiful as the suspect drove into a landscaped area outside the Common Cents gas station at 400 N 500 W. He then allegedly chased his wife as she ran for her life.

“He opened her door and pushed her out the car and she started to run. He tried to run her over then attacked her with his hands and stuff,” a 911 caller told a dispatcher in one of several recordings released to FOX 13.

Lt. Dave Edwards, Bountiful Police Department, said patrons at the gas station then tackled Badikyan and held him until police arrived.

Police said the woman’s injuries were not life-threatening.

Felony charges of tampering with evidence and aggravated assault against Badikyan were dismissed.

Badikyan is scheduled to be sentenced on May 29.