Homeowner restrains suspect in home invasion, stabbing incident

Stock photo | St. George/Cedar City News

UPDATED Nov. 7 5:20 p.m. — Sgt. Womack reports in an email that the victim is in stable condition and continuing to receive treatment. He adds that investigation has revealed that this was not a random act of violence as the suspect and victim’s family are acquainted.

UPDATED 2:37 p.m. — Ismael Lopez has been arrested and booked into the Iron County Jail on charges of aggravated burglary and attempted homicide. No bail has been set.

ST. GEORGE — A suspect is in the custody of Cedar City Police following an early morning home invasion that involved a woman being stabbed and her husband restraining the alleged offender until police arrived.

Ismael Lopez of Cedar City is charged with attempted homicide and aggravated burglary in a Sunday morning home invasion stabbing. Cedar City, Utah, November 6, 2016 | Booking photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Ismael Lopez of Cedar City is charged with attempted homicide and aggravated burglary in a Sunday morning home invasion stabbing. Cedar City, Utah, November 6, 2016 | Booking photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Around 4 a.m. Cedar City police officers were dispatched to a home near the corner of W. 1525 South and W. Canyon Drive on reports of a “home invasion stabbing.” (see Ed. Note)

Upon arrival at the home, police found the homeowner holding down the suspect, a news release said. Officers then found the homeowner’s wife in the home with multiple stab wounds to her neck, chest and upper body. She was immediately transported to Cedar City Hospital for emergency treatment, the news release said.

“The last we heard, she was in surgery,” police Sgt. Jerry Womack said. “It didn’t look like anything was going to be life-threatening.”

There were other children in the home at the time but no one else was injured, according to the police news release.

Police identified Cedar City resident Ismael Lopez, 19, as their suspect. He had minor wounds to his hand, was treated at Cedar City Hospital then released. He is currently in the custody of Cedar City Police Department.

At this time, the police have not determined a motive for the stabbing.

“Detectives and Crime Scene technicians are still processing the scene and interviewing witnesses and the suspect,” the release states.

This is a developing story.

Ed. Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified the incident as taking place on the 1330 block of 1500 West.

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  • Bob November 6, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    was it a random drug-addicted illegal alien or did he arrive with the intent of murdering?

    • .... November 6, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      I’m sure it was some RealLowlife Dumbob looking for drug money !

      • Real Life November 7, 2016 at 7:20 am

        Dope. Get off it. It’s got you in denial.

        • .... November 7, 2016 at 9:19 am

          I agree with your comment 100%. get off the dope it’s got you in denial. ..you said it !

  • debbie November 6, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    u know i can’t help but think, had the husband not held the guy, this would have went totally different. there is a chance especially if the woman was the only person attacked, that this husband could have been accused. not slandering the police b/c its not their fault.. but, you know.. there really have been some innocent spouses that paid it to do twerps.

  • Ben November 6, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    The address indicated in this article “1330 West block of 1500 South” does not exist in Cedar City. Either the coordinates are wrong, or this incident went down in the middle of I-15 near the south interchange. Perhaps you could give us a real address??

    • Paul Dail November 6, 2016 at 9:38 pm

      Ben, thank you for bringing this to our attention. The location of the incident has been remedied.

      Paul Dail
      Editor, Reporter

  • .... November 7, 2016 at 9:23 am

    It’s times like this why RealLowlife has 2 reduce the amount of mental health he gets because of rising medical costs. so he trolls St George news.

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