Update: Davis County Sheriff’s Office has released a photo of the suspect in the Bountiful stabs, asking the public to check security cameras for possible video

Ken Thomas Fairbank, who appears in this surveillance photo, is a suspect in the stabbing of two women in Bountiful and is now in custody at the Davis County Jail. Photo: Davis County Sheriff’s Office

FRMINGTON, Utah, May 13, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The Davis County Sheriff’s Office has released one surveillance photo of the man accused of brutally stabbing two women Thursday in Bountiful and is asking for the public’s help in finding any photos or videos they can find. It has to do with the violent attacks, one of which occurred in Mueller Park, the other near 550N 500W.

Suspect Ken Thomas Fairbank, age 18, is booked into the Davis County Jail, where he faces the following charges:

  • Premeditated murder, second degree felony, two counts
  • Obstruction of justice is a third-degree felony
  • Obstruction of justice is a second-degree felony
  • Aggravated kidnapping is a first-degree felony

In a statement on Friday afternoon, the Office of Field Support Coordination said Fairbank had been detained by Samri Saleh prior to his arrest.

According to a probable cause statement filed in 2nd District Court in Farmington and a DCSO press release, Fairbank met a female victim, referred to as Victim 1, at Mueller Park near Bountiful.

The DCSO said Fairbank lured the 18-year-old using Tinder on social media after meeting them once a few days ago.

Shortly after 6:30 p.m., Fairbank allegedly “forced her into his car, began attacking her with a knife, and stabbed her several times…”

The woman continued to fight the suspect and managed to get out of the car and escape; However, Fairbank ran after her and stabbed her in the back, causing a life-threatening injury.

Officers said the victim sustained serious injuries to her hands, neck and face, but was able to separate and report to nearby witnesses.

According to a DCSO statement on Friday, “Witnesses took action and helped create a barrier between Fairbank and the victim. Witnesses included two nurses and an emergency physician who all provided first aid while another witness called 911.”

The DCSO statement continues:

Fairbank left the area and drove to a gas station in Bountiful, where he abandoned his car. A short time later, Fairbank went to the neighborhood near 550N 500W in Bountifull, where he approached and stabbed a 64-year-old woman previously unknown to him.

The second victim responded, and witnesses assisted until first responders arrived. Fairbank fled the scene but was spotted in a nearby neighborhood by a good Samaritan who held him until he was arrested.”

The two victims in critical condition were taken to area hospitals and are currently listed as “stable.”

Fairbank reportedly disposed of victim 1’s mobile phone by dumping it in an area where he thought it would not be found, then broke his phone in an attempt to get rid of any evidence.

The knife – with a fixed blade about a foot long – was recovered later.

According to the indictment, Fairbank admitted, following Miranda, that he was planning to kill Victim 1.

“He further stated that he had been planning since he started interacting with her on Tinder,” he allegedly told officers, saying he invited her to the park with the intention of luring her to his car and killing her.

Fairbank also admitted approaching Victim 2 with the intent to kill her, but after stabbing her several times, he saw people running to help her, so he fled the scene, according to the indictment.

Fairbank “further admitted that he targeted Victim 2 because she was old, lonely, and vulnerable.”

During the investigation, Fairbank told investigators that he intended to carry out the attacks and planned other attacks, according to a statement from the Office of Field Support Coordination.

Ken Fairbank has been booked into the Davis County Jail without bail.

“The Davis County Sheriff’s Office appreciates the assistance of the witnesses who assisted the victims, and the sister agencies that provided support,” the Davis County Census Bureau statement said.

“We are asking the public to come forward with any surveillance video of Fairbank. If you live or work in the area, please check with your security services between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.

“If you have information, video, or photos, please call the Davis County Emergency Department at 801-451-4150.”

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