Man arrested in connection with West Jordan sword attack

Published October 13, 2009 6:34 pm
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A West Valley City man is accused of attacking another man with a sword in West Jordan over the weekend when the two got into an argument at a birthday party.

West Jordan police arrested Ken Duc Cao, 27, late Saturday after he plunged a sword through the leg of a male victim during a fight, according to a jail booking statement filed at the Salt Lake County jail.

The attack occurred around 11:50 p.m. Saturday in the 3500 West block of Figure Skate Circle (6650 South) in West Jordan.

According to the booking statement, Cao and the man began a fight at a birthday party. One of Cao's friends at the party joined in the fight as Cao left to retrieve a short sword from his vehicle, according to the statement.

Cao returned to the brawl with the sword, and stabbed the victim with it so forcefully the weapon entered the outside of the victim's leg and went through the man's leg tissue before exiting on the inside of his leg, according to the statement.

The victim tried to fight off Cao during the stabbing, but was unable to escape. Witnesses were able to pry Cao away from the victim and hold him until police arrived, according to the statement.

The booking statement does not say why the two men argued.

The victim was taken to the hospital. An updated condition report was unavailable Tuesday.

Cao sustained a minor cut on his leg from the altercation.

Cao was arrested on suspicion of second-degree felony aggravated assault. He remains in the Salt Lake County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

He had not yet been charged in connection with the attack late Tuesday.

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