Utah man accused of stabbing 2 women – including Tinder date – planned to ‘hunt people’, records say

An 18-year-old Highland man was charged on Thursday with two counts of attempted manslaughter after he reportedly used a dating app to lure a woman to a Bountiful park and stabbed her repeatedly before killing another woman in stabbed in what appeared to be a random attack.

According to the Davis County Sheriff’s Office, Kane Thomas Fairbank had messaged his first victim — an 18-year-old woman — on Tinder before meeting her on May 12 in Mueller Park. They had met once before, and a few hours after arriving at the park, Fairbank allegedly forced the woman into his car.

He then suddenly attacked her with a knife that had a “fixed blade nearly a foot in length,” according to the court documents.

The woman tried to get away from Fairbank and, despite serious injuries, managed to escape from the vehicle. When others came to the woman’s aid in the park, Fairbank reportedly drove away from the scene.

Second victim ‘looked vulnerable’

Fairbank then drove to a gas station in Bountiful, left his vehicle and walked to a nearby neighborhood near 550N 500W, according to the indictment.

There he approached another woman, 64, who didn’t know him, and allegedly stabbed her multiple times, causing “life-threatening” injuries.

As the woman fell to the ground and tried to fight back, Fairbank left the scene. He was then arrested by another person nearby.

Police said Fairbank admitted he lured the first woman into the park to kill her. He had also planned to kill the second woman, court documents said, and targeted her because she was “alone” and “looked vulnerable.”

The suspect told police he was planning another murder

Fairbank told investigators he planned to kill more people after the first victim and he made a mask for the “manhunt.” He also said he would continue to plan to kill people if released, the indictment documents say.

Fairbank is being held without bail at Davis County Jail. He faces two counts of attempted manslaughter, one count of aggravated kidnapping and one count of obstruction of justice.

He is scheduled to appear in court on May 23. Utah man accused of stabbing 2 women – including Tinder date – planned to ‘hunt people’, records say

Joel McCord

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