An unhinged Utah teenager allegedly stabbed a girl he had just met on Tinder before randomly stabbing an elderly woman on Thursday, officials said.
Kane Thomas Fairbank, 18, allegedly attacked the girl, also 18, after luring her to Mueller Park outside the town of Bountiful. The two had met on the dating app a few days earlier, according to a statement from the Davis County Sheriff’s Office.
Police said the couple, who had met in person once before, had spent several hours together in the park when he suddenly ‘forced her into his vehicle’ around 6.30pm, according to a case statement likely obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune.
Fairbank allegedly stabbed the girl multiple times with “a fixed blade nearly a foot long,” according to the document.
The girl was able to fight back and track down witnesses who “helped create a barrier between Fairbank and the victim,” cops said.
Fortunately, among the witnesses were two nurses and a paramedic who rescued the victims while waiting for help to arrive.
The teenager suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital in critical condition, the Tribune reported.
Fairbank fled the scene and drove to a gas station in Bountiful where he abandoned the vehicle, cops said.
He also threw the girl’s phone “into an area where he thought it would not be found” before continuing his violent rampage, according to arrest documents.
Fairbank approached a 64-year-old woman in another Bountiful neighborhood and also allegedly stabbed her multiple times, according to police. The woman received life-threatening injuries.
The second victim fought back against her attacker, who was also aided by witnesses as he fled the scene.
Cops said a “good Samaritan” who spotted him nearby held him until he was taken into custody.
Both victims are now in stable condition as they recover in local hospitals.
Fairbanks told detectives the stabbing was premeditated and that he planned on further assaults, cops said.
He told cops he intended to murder the first victim since he started interacting with her on Tinder.
Investigators wrote that he planned to live out of his car and continue to kill those “he thought were vulnerable”, which he cited as the motivation for stabbing the elderly woman.
The teenager “spoke at length about killing his parents and siblings with a pickaxe” according to the probable cause statement, and told detectives that if released he would continue to kill those he encountered on the streets. social networks.
Fairbank is being held in Davis County Jail. He is charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of aggravated kidnapping.
He is being held without bail, according to prison records.