SALT LAKE CITY — Police say they're looking for a man who's accused of stabbing someone at a Salt Lake City apartment complex on Wednesday.
“We definitely need to find him. He’s a violent offender,” said Det. Marie Stewart with the Salt Lake City Police Department.
Daniel Etherington, 46, attacked a woman around 3:45 a.m. at an apartment complex near 1450 South and West Temple, according to police. When the woman's boyfriend intervened, Etherington stabbed him multiple times, then took off in a vehicle.
Police said the woman and her boyfriend were taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle by another person. The boyfriend was listed in critical but stable condition.
Around 5 a.m., Etherington’s car was spotted near 3000 West and 2900 South.
“[Officers] attempted to stop him when SLCPD arrived on-scene but he fled,” said Stewart. “He refused to stop, and due to weather conditions, we terminated.”
Etherington has an extensive criminal history across Salt Lake over the last two decades. He's previously faced multiple felonies including making terroristic threats, many cases of assault on others and even police officers, and more.
“He’s definitely someone to be wary of,” said Stewart.
In September, police records say Etherington threatened to kill employees at a 7-Eleven after they refused to accept a damaged $1 bill. He allegedly followed employees around with a baseball bat and caused $10,000 worth of damage.
In October, he was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal after a man claimed Etherington stabbed his dog to death in a Gateway Inn motel room.
Police records say he told Salt Lake PD that he acted in self-defense, but an officer reported the scene did not match Etherington’s description.
That officer reported that “the owner of the dog stated that Daniel has told him twice that he was going to kill the animal.”
That case was dismissed without prejudice on Jan. 12.
“Any other tips you might know, addresses or places that he may be at or stayed at, anything helps. Just give us a call,” said Stewart.
Anyone with information on Etherington's whereabouts is encouraged to contact 911 immediately and should not approach him for safety reasons. Stewart said he is considered armed and dangerous.
No further information was released as police continued their investigation.