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Two teens stabbed in Liberty Park Thursday night

Published: Fri, July 25 3:28 p.m. MDT

 Two men reportedly trying to defend their female friend were stabbed in the middle of crowded Liberty Park on Thursday night, according to police.

Two men reportedly trying to defend their female friend were stabbed in the middle of crowded Liberty Park on Thursday night, according to police.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Two men reportedly trying to defend their female friend were stabbed in the middle of a crowded Liberty Park Thursday night, according to police.

Two 18-year-old men and a woman, who was dating one of the men, were walking around Liberty Park about 8:30 p.m. when they were approached by two other men, said Salt Lake police detective Veronica Montoya. The woman and one of the other men had a history of conflict.

A 20-year-old man in the other group bumped into or said something to the woman, prompting her boyfriend to defend her, Montoya said. The arguing escalated into a fistfight.

The woman ran off to find a police officer. When she returned, she found one of the 18-year-olds hunched over with a stab wound to his stomach and the other suffering from a slash to the side of his chest, the detective said.

The teen stabbed in the stomach was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. The other was not transported to the hospital.

Gang detectives said they were familiar with the two suspects and were looking for them Friday.

— Pat Reavy

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