A spate of downtown Salt Lake City stabbings continued Thursday when a man stabbed an acquaintance during a failed attempt to sell a stereo.
The stabbing happened at 3:04 p.m. near 1400 S. McClelland St. when a 51-year-old man stabbed another man in an alley, according to Salt Lake City Detective Dennis McGowan. The men, who McGowan said knew each other, told police they had met up so the victim could buy stereo equipment from the alleged stabber.
McGowan said the victim told police that a fight ensued during the transaction and the alleged stabber pulled out a knife and demanded money. He then stabbed the victim.
The victim was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, but has since stabilized.
Police stressed that it was not a random stabbing.
The attack comes just two days after a rash of other downtown stabbings. Two of those stabbings happened Wednesday in the Rio Grande area of downtown Salt Lake City, while a third happened Tuesday just before noon at 130 E. 2nd Ave.
Police are still searching for suspects in the two Rio Grande stabbings. A 42-year-old suspect was arrested for the stabbing in the Avenues. Victims from all three incidents initially were in critical condition but later improved.