SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office has charged a man with attempted murder following an alleged assault of a Salt Lake City woman on February 6.
Eric Jones, 30, was charged with attempted murder, attempted burglary, attempted robbery and two other charges.
Salt Lake Police responded to a call at 850 South West Temple Street regarding a woman bleeding heavily from her neck. Officers found the injured woman, and paramedics rushed the woman to the hospital where she underwent emergency, life-saving surgery.
Police said that this "appears to be a random and a stranger-on-stranger attack."
According to court documents, the victim began speaking with Jones after seeing him outside her apartment building. She invited Jones into her apartment because "he seemed nice" and allowed him to take a shower after he requested to do so because he "smelled badly."
After getting out of the shower, Jones became “enraged” by something the victim said, according to the charging documents, and began stomping on her head, face, and neck before slashing her throat and grabbing her wallet as he left the apartment.
During the investigation, Salt Lake Police discovered that the victim’s credit cards had been used throughout the Salt Lake Valley, and received surveillance video from various locations.
Salt Lake City patrol officers located Jones near 130 South 500 East on February 11 and booked him into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail.