Suspect arrested for stabbing random man, West Jordan Police say

Posted at 12:44 PM, May 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-14 21:49:34-04

WEST JORDAN, Utah — Police arrested a man who they say stabbed someone in a "random act of violence" Saturday morning in West Jordan.

Around 8:45 a.m., the male victim was sitting in his parked vehicle on Blue Flower Court, near 6700 South and 5000 West, when a man opened his door and stabbed him several times in the chest and abdomen.

West Jordan Police said the victim fought off the attacker, then drove himself to the hospital where he had emergency surgery performed. At the most recent update, his condition was serious but stable.

A nearby resident sent FOX 13 News a video from his doorbell camera (seen above), showing a man running from a car that appeared to be chasing him down. The neighbor said the man on foot was the suspect and the driver was the victim. He sent the video to detectives as part of the investigation.

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Police said the suspect, 41-year-old Jose F. Moya Jr., returned home with blood and cuts on his hands. Family members became concerned and called the police. Moya was taken to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, then was booked in the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of aggravated assault, obstruction of justice, and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. Court records show he was convicted of felony aggravated assault in 2011.

Moya lived nearby but did not know the victim, police said, calling it "a random act of violence." His family allegedly told police he had been suffering from a mental health emergency.

“We are fortunate that the victim in this case will survive this senseless attack," WJPD Officer Sam Winkler wrote in a press release. "Mental health emergencies are of great concern to the community and for us in law enforcement and need immediate attention. We implore anyone suffering from such a crisis to call a mental health professional or 911 immediately."