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Victim stabbed, seriously injured at Midvale hotel

Mug shot: Benjamin Peterson
Posted at 8:53 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-01 18:58:51-05

MIDVALE, Utah — A victim is in the hospital after being attacked and stabbed at a Midvale apartment early Thursday morning.

21-year-old Benjamin Peterson was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, burglary, propelling a bodily substance, interference with an arresting officer, intoxication and aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Just before 1 a.m. on Thursday, officers were dispatched to an Inn Towne Suites at 151 W. 7200 S.

Video surveillance shows Peterson chasing after his girlfriend through the hotel. According to arrest documents, the girlfriend said they had gotten in an argument earlier in the evening.

In the video, Peterson is seen with a weapon in his hand.

The victim, a 65-year-old woman, said they had opened the hotel room door to see what was going on in the hall when Peterson shoved his way into the room and began to use the weapon and his fists to cause injury.

The victim realized they had been stabbed in the right side and retreated to a neighbor who called the police.

Once they arrived, officers located Peterson who was aggressive and lunged at them with scissors. Officers tazed Peterson twice, with minimal effect. A police K-9 was used and struck Peterson, after which he was taken into custody, according to the probable cause statement.

Large amounts of blood and a large knife were found in the victim's room and throughout the hallway.

While being treated for injuries at the hotel, Peterson spit and used profane language toward officers and health care personnel.