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Police identify suspect in stabbing

Police identify suspect in stabbing

Feb 22, 2012 - By Christina George Staff Writer

The Riverton Police Department is seeking assistance in locating Thomas Joseph Shakespeare, 29, of the Riverton area, who has been identified as a suspect in the stabbing Feb. 1 at the Maverik Country Store on South Federal Boulevard.

"He is the only suspect identified at this time," said RPD Capt. C.T. Smith.

A warrant issued for Shakespeare's arrest charges him with one count of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault and battery and a count of battery.

Smith said the two victims -- both 28-year-olds of Riverton -- have been released from the hospital after being treated for injuries suffered during the attack.

He declined to release the identities of the victims because investigators feel it could jeopardize their safety and hamper the investigation.

Police responded to the local convenience store at 11:39 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, for a call about an unknown problem. The reporting party told authorities that a male entered the store and was bleeding from the chest.

Officers discovered two victims when they arrived at the scene. One of the men had been stabbed several times in the torso and once in the face, while the second suffered blunt-force trauma to the head after being hit with a heavy object.

The stabbing victim was taken by air ambulance to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

The second man was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital to be treated for a head wound.

The convenience store, which is located at the intersection of South Federal Boulevard and East Monroe Avenue, was closed for two days as police investigated the scene.

Fremont County Sheriff's deputies and an ambulance crew also responded to the scene to handle a "traumatic injury."

Anyone with information that could lead to Shakespeare's arrest is asked to contact the RPD at 856-4891 or the RPD tip line at 857-7755. Tips can remain anonymous.

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