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Teen arrested for randomly stabbing husband and wife in Taylorsville home, police say

Posted at 6:24 AM, Sep 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-22 10:56:53-04

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A husband and wife are recovering in the hospital after they were stabbed in their home early Tuesday morning by a teenager who they did not know.

The incident happened just before 4 a.m. Tuesday at a home in the area of 4800 South 3400 West.

Sgt. Aaron Cheshire with the Taylorsville Police Department told FOX 13 News that officers found the man and woman with "several stab wounds."

They were taken to the hospital where they are now in stable condition, Sgt. Cheshire said.

An investigation revealed the two victims did not know the male 15-year-old suspect who entered their home and stabbed them, police said.

Police called the incident a "random act of violence" and said the teen, who is a resident of West Valley City, entered the home through an unlocked door with the intent to commit an assault.

Once inside the home, the teen encountered the husband and wife asleep in their bed and began stabbing the man. The woman was able to get away but the teen followed and began assaulting her on a neighbor's front porch.

The neighbor called authorities and the woman's husband also called 911 for help.

After the stabbing, Sgt. Cheshire said the teenager ran away from the area. With the help of drones, K-9 teams and units from Taylorsville and West Valley City, the male teen who police believe was responsible for the stabbing was located and taken into custody.

"We believe that the threat at this point is neutralized," Sgt. Cheshire said.

Police said in an update that a child was in the home at the time of the stabbing but was unharmed and had no contact with the suspect.

The teen was formally booked into juvenile detention and faces multiple felony charges including assault and burglary.

The identity of the suspect who was taken into custody was not made available by police.

A Gofundme identifies the couple who was stabbed as Ashley and JJ Dasher. The fundraiser states that one of JJ's lungs collapsed in the stabbing and both of Ashley's lungs collapsed. They're asking for money to help pay for medical bills and home repairs.