Hatchet suspect surrenders after Riverton melee

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Riverton, Utah (AP) - A suspect in a hatchet attack at a Riverton house party has turned himself in to authorities.

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Don Hutson says Ricky Joe Harkness, 20, surrendered Tuesday after initially telling deputies by telephone that he would not do so.

Harkness was booked into the county jail on suspicion of one count of aggravated assault stemming from an incident early Saturday.

Authorities say a melee broke out after a group of uninvited guests were slow to obey a request to leave the house party.

Some of the party crashers were injured by a hatchet.

Police were notified by staff at several emergency rooms where the injured sought medical care.

Three boys and two girls were treated for injuries. The most serious was a 16-year-old boy with a gash in his head.

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