Kind woman lets homeless man in her home to shower, gets her throat slashed

A homeless man was arrested after allegedly slashing the throat of a Utah woman after she had invited him into her home to use her shower.

Eric Jones, 30, is reported to have been welcomed in by the unidentified resident of Salt Lake City, UT last Sunday. Salt Lake City Detective Michelle Mechling told Fox 13 that it was unclear if the woman knew the man prior to the alleged assault.

Police responded to a call of a “woman bleeding heavily,” according to the SLCPD, and arrived on the scene just before 5 pm to find her with an unspecified neck wound. After administering first aid to the victim, paramedics deemed her to be in critical condition and transported her to a nearby hospital to undergo emergency surgery.

According to the police, “Doctors upgraded the victim’s condition to critical but stable,” and could offer no further updates.

The assailant had fled the scene after the assault and so the onsite commander reached out to detectives to begin an investigation.

“During the investigation, the victim told SLCPD she let the suspect inside her residence so he could shower. The woman described the suspect as being homeless,” the police press release read.

At the time of the report, it remained unclear how the victim’s injuries were caused. While highlighting the facts that remained unclear in the case, Mechling petitioned for witnesses, “That is part of our investigation and that’s why we need anybody’s input, any witness that saw anything or heard anything because we need to find out what happened.”

SLCPD also used social media to assist in their investigation. An initial press release was posted on their Twitter page with a phone number to call if any member of the community could offer details on the case.

At the time of the initial press release, the day after the assault, officers were unable to even offer a description of the alleged attacker.  However, SLCPD Robbery Squad partnered with the SLCPD Crime Lab and CompStat & Analysis unit and was able to identify Jones as the prime suspect in what they are referring to as a “random attack.”

SLCPD patrol officers were able to locate Jones, whom the victim had described as a “homeless man” around 1 am Friday following the incident. Jones was booked into the Salt Lake County Metro jail by officers and is facing one count of Aggravated Assault.

In discussing the events that led to the assault, Mechling cautioned other good Samaritans to be mindful of their decisions.

“It goes along with, you know, know who you’re letting into your house,” Mechling prefaced, “and don’t let people who you aren’t sure of into your house.”

Mechling did note that any previous relationship between Jones and the victim remained unknown to investigators, saying, “This relationship between the two is unclear, again.”

Inmate records stated that Jones was still in county jail with a bond set at $10,000, according to the Daily Mail.


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