- Date of Crime: 2006-10-00
- Location of crime:
Salt Lake City,UT
- Sex: F
- Age: 41
- Sex: M
- Arrest Status: charged
- Nationality: Asia
In October 2006, a female employee of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City was attacked by a coworker with a rubber mallet.
Qin Cai, an illegal alien, was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping, a first degree felony; attempted murder, a second degree felony; and stalking, a Class A misdemeanor.
Cai was booked into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail with bail set at more than $250,000. Cai was also placed under an immigration detainer. This means that if he is released from custody, he will be reported to federal authorities who could potentially deport him because he is likely an illegal immigrant, said Lori Haley, public information officer at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Police reported that the victim and Cai worked together before he transferred to the cancer institute.
"It appears the suspect had strong feelings for the victim, but when the victim did not reciprocate those feelings, he became angry with her," University Police Sgt. Lynn Rohland said in a written statement. "The suspect had contact with the victim at least once during the day prior to the assault."
Documents filed in 3rd District Court yesterday say Cai waited for the 41-year-old woman in a parking garage Tuesday, attacking her about 5 p.m. while she was talking on a cell phone. Cai allegedly forced the woman into the back of her own car and tried to tape her mouth closed, but failed because "the blood, sweat and tears" on the woman's face prevented the tape from sticking. She broke free and got to the front seat where Cai threatened her with a knife before fleeing. The woman drove away and flagged down police.
Documentation:19OCT07, ABC 8, Salt Lake City
Attempted murder charges filed in alleged mallet assault
20NOV07, The Daily Utah Chronicle
Attacker charged with attempted murder, by Ana Breton