A 25-year-old Utah man who reportedly attempted to cut off a woman’s fingers during a fight — managing to slice two of her digits in the process — was charged Tuesday with multiple felonies.
The woman called Provo police Feb. 15 to report the alleged assault. She said she and the man were talking in her kitchen when they got into an argument and later a fight, according to a probable cause statement. It said they had once dated and had a child together.
The man allegedly pushed her against the kitchen counter and tried to cut off her fingers. The woman pushed the man away and threatened to call police. The man fled the home on the woman’s bicycle and was gone when officers arrived. Officers later found the kitchen knife used in the alleged assault outside the shed where the woman stowed her bike.
The woman’s daughter was in an adjoining room during the fight, according to the probable cause statement.
Police found the man nearby and arrested him. He allegedly was carrying a fixed-blade knife and a glass methamphetamine pipe.
The man was charged in 4th District Court with four third-degree felony counts of aggravated assault, possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, mayhem and domestic violence in the presence of a child. He is also facing misdemeanor counts of obstruction of justice, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The man’s previous felony convictions include possession marijuana or spice, theft and violating protective orders.