St. George man arrested after road rage incident

ST. GEORGE – A 21-year-old St. George man was arrested after police officers investigated a stabbing Tuesday.

Officers were called to Dixie Regional Medical Center on a stabbing report and found a 22-year-old male with a stab wound to his upper abdomen.  The stabbing was apparently the result of a road rage incident.

Officer Derek Lewis of the St. George Police Department said the incident occurred in the area of 200 East St. George Blvd., and stemmed from one car cutting off another in traffic. While stopped at a red light, the suspect and the victim exited their vehicles. After some pushing and shoving between the two, the victim was stabbed, Lewis said.

After examination at the hospital, the victim’s wound was determined to not be life-threatening.

Officers were able to track down the suspect, a 21-year-old St. George resident, who was arrested and booked into jail on a count of aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.  His bail stands at $5,000.

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  • Murat September 26, 2012 at 10:19 am

    If you’re going to engage in road rage disputes, make sure you’re armed with a pistol to stand your ground against these knife-wielding maniacs.

  • Murat September 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    The knife-wielding maniac in this case is a kid named Steven Clark Smith (born 06/28/91), who appears to be a white-trash punk based on his booking photo.

    • Knine September 26, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Steven Clark Swift according to booking….not Smith.

  • Ktech September 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    @Muart… A gun is not the answer.. The answer is to LET IT GO!!! We don’t need a bunch of people with guns going around killing people or innocent people because of road rage… Just don’t get out of your car.. Use the best weapon .. 911..

    • Murat September 26, 2012 at 11:07 am

      While I agree with you on an intellectual level, on a more primal level, some disputes simply must be resolved with physical combat or ballistic weaponry. There’s simply no way around it.

      • DoubleTap September 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm

        Murat: finally something I can agree on with you. Now we the taxpayers will have to care for and support this knife-wielding lowlife, not to mention the taxpayers having to pay for his defense. We’ll have to see how that “rage” thing of his works out for him and his “cellie”. Karma has a way of coming around….like a boomerang and bops you on the head. His booking mug shot looks like he is really young….soon to be Bubba’s toy.

    • Omari September 26, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Okaaaay, ktech, we’ll all just let a stabbing over road rage at a red light on a busy street in a town not adapted to such crimes on the daily, just “go” Lol! Most males, especially in the early 20s aren’t capable of just “letting go” of adrenaline-pumping incidents like this one..

  • Omari September 26, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    St George be gettin’ crazyyyyyy!

  • Char September 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    It sounded different on KSL news. They said the passenger of one car got out and confronted the driver of the other car, punching him through the window. Then the driver stabbed him. Which story is true? If KSL, then I would say the guy had a right to protect himself. If both were out of their cars, then I would say no. It makes no difference what the guy looks like in his booking photo.

  • Barbara Strisand September 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Oh my god!

  • Bawitadaba September 28, 2012 at 11:04 am

    KSL seems more accurate, from my understanding (this is a 3rd party telling of the events from someone close to Steven though it should be noted there may be some bias or deflecting in this version) the first driver cut off Steven. At a light things escalated and the driver kicked Steven’s car door and attempted to strike him repeatedly. Steven resorted to protecting himself with a knife. The person he cut even acknowledged that he had cut Steven off and that he realized when he did so that it was very dangerous and could have caused an accident. He also did not want to press charges as he didn’t think his injury was that bad. (allegedly this was all in the police report- but again, only the involved parties know for sure) It wasn’t until arriving at the hospital that they realized the knife nicked his heart. Steven had been released of his own recognizance from the scene, but was later arrested around 1 am from his home.
    Who knows how much of the account is factual but we all have experienced rotten driving in this town and perhaps are even guilty of said crap driving. We need to keep a level head when operating a motor vehicle. If this kid had a concealed permit he could easily have shot this guy in defense of his own life. One could say he was doing exactly that when he stabbed him. Who is to say? I think it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
    Something to keep in mind is Utah has a so called “Castle Law” that allows a person to defend their home (can be extended to their car in many cases) up to and including deadly force. The relevant section is below.
    “76-2-402. Force in defense of person — Forcible felony defined.
    (1) (a) A person is justified in threatening or using force against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that force or a threat of force is necessary to defend the person or a third person against another person’s imminent use of unlawful force.
    (b) A person is justified in using force intended or likely to cause death or serious bodily injury only if the person reasonably believes that force is necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury to the person or a third person as a result of another person’s imminent use of unlawful force, or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony.
    (2) (a) A person is not justified in using force under the circumstances specified in Subsection (1) if the person:
    (i) initially provokes the use of force against the person with the intent to use force as an excuse to inflict bodily harm upon the assailant;
    (ii) is attempting to commit, committing, or fleeing after the commission or attempted commission of a felony; or
    (iii) was the aggressor or was engaged in a combat by agreement, unless the person withdraws from the encounter and effectively communicates to the other person his intent to do so and, notwithstanding, the other person continues or threatens to continue the use of unlawful force.”
    The main question will be whether Steven was an aggressor and whether he attempted to withdraw from the engagement prior to the use of deadly force.

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