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Police capture Thomas Joseph Shakespeare in Nevada

Feb 26, 2012 - Staff

Note: Police captured Thomas Joseph Shakespeare on a warrant for second-degree attempted murder, assault and battery, and other charges

Authorities in Mesquite, Nev., on Friday night arrested a Riverton man wanted for committing a stabbing at a gas station earlier this month.

Riverton police last week identified Thomas Joseph Shakespeare, 29, as the sole suspect in the Feb. 1 stabbing at the Maverik Country Store on South Federal Boulevard.

Police arrested him on a warrant for second-degree attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault and battery, and one charge of misdemeanor battery.

Investigators allege that Shakespeare attacked two 28-year-old Riverton men, stabbing one multiple times and causing blunt force trauma to the other's head.

Both alleged victims have been treated and released from hospitals.

Investigators learned about Shakespeare's location after releasing his identity and contacted police agencies in the southern Utah and northern Nevada areas advising them that he was in that area.

Riverton police learned of his arrest just before midnight Friday.

"We have no further information at this time as to how or where exactly the arrest was made in Mesquite," RPD Capt. C.T. Smith said in a statement released Saturday morning.

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office is handling Shakespeare's extradition, Smith said.

Police received a report from the convenience store at 11:39 p.m. on Feb. 1 concerning a man bleeding from the chest inside the business.

Officers discovered two victims when they arrived at the scene. One man had been stabbed several times in the torso and once in the face, and the other had been hit in the head with a heavy object.

The stabbing victim was treated at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. The other man was treated at Riverton Memorial Hospital.

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