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Police have identified a suspect in stabbing

Feb 3, 2012 - By Christina George Staff Writer

Authorities have identified a suspect, although there has not been an arrest made, in the stabbing Wednesday at or near the Maverik Country Store in south Riverton.

Riverton police Capt. C.T. Smith said the person's identity is being withheld so as not to hamper the investigation.

"The suspect is not in custody," Smith said.

Smith also declined to release the names of the stabbing victim and a second person who was hit in the head with a heavy object.

"We are not going to because it could interfere with the investigation," he said.

The convenience store remained closed Friday afternoon, and yellow police tape still surrounded the building and gasoline pumps. There were no responses from inquiries made to the local store or Maverik's headquarters about when business will resume.

Smith said the crime scene has been released from investigation after authorities spent all of Thursday at the establishment.

He also said he has not been updated on the condition of the two men.

One 28-year-old Riverton man was taken by air ambulance to the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City. He was stabbed several times in the torso and once in the face. As of Thursday, he was listed in critical condition.

The second victim, also a 28-year-old Riverton man, was transported to Riverton Memorial Hospital for a blunt-force trauma injury to the head. As of Thursday, he was listed in stable condition.

Riverton police and sheriff's deputies responded to the store at about 11:39 p.m. Wednesday to a report of a man bleeding from the chest. When law enforcement arrived at the scene, they found the two men who had been victims of an aggravated assault and battery.

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