Man stabbed while handing out samples at mall, police say

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A food court employee at the Valley Fair Mall was critically injured Saturday after police say he was attacked while handing out food samples.

WEST VALLEY CITY — A food court employee at the Valley Fair Mall was critically injured Saturday after police say he was attacked while handing out food samples.

The incident occurred about 4:50 p.m. The man, whose name and age were not immediately released, was handing out samples outside the mall, 3601 S. 2700 West, when three people approached him and attacked him, said West Valley Police Sgt. Robert Brinton.

The employee was stabbed six to nine times. The stab wounds were to the victim’s back and side, Brinton said. The man was taken to Intermountain Medical Center in critical but stable condition. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, he said.

“We’re investigating if they know the individual or if it was just an unprovoked attack or what led up to that,” the sergeant said. “There are indications that it might be gang-related or have some gang ties. We’re still working that angle.”

Police arrested one man at the scene while two others fled. They were both located and arrested at some nearby apartments, according to Brinton. All three were being questioned at the police station late Saturday.

The attackers and the victim are all between the ages of 18 and 25, the sergeant said.

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