Stabbing incident leads to arrest of 2 suspects

Ryanrigvez Frank Warner was arrested Sunday for attempted homicide in connection with a stabbing in March – Photo courtesy of Iron County Sheriff’s Office

CEDAR CITY – A Cedar City man wanted in connection with a stabbing incident last month was arrested Sunday for attempted homicide.

Cedar City Police arrested Ryanrigvez Frank Warner for allegedly stabbing a man on March 24. Jose Gilbert Hernandez was also previously arrested on related charges after turning himself in to police the morning after the incident, Cedar City Police Sgt. Jerry Womack said.

The probable cause statement filed in conjunction with the proposed arrest warrant state that police were dispatched at around 3:40 a.m. to a home located in the 600 West block of 1350 North for a reported assault. When the officer arrived on scene, he entered the garage and found the victim laying on the floor where his former girlfriend was next to him holding a towel on the side of his head to try and stop the bleeding.

Besides the stab wound to his temple, the victim was also stabbed near his ear, his face and in his left upper chest, court records stated.

According to the police statement, both Warner and Hernandez allegedly fled the scene of the crime following the incident. Authorities said they saw footprints in the blood on the floor of the garage in addition to a shirt and gold chain necklace that allegedly belonged to Warner.

A witness to the scene told police he heard the three men arguing earlier and saw them go into the garage. He later followed the men into the garage at which time, he told police he saw the victim fall on the floor and Warner and Hernandez allegedly run out the front door of the home.

The victim’s 8-year-old son also went into the garage “and saw his dad bleeding on the ground and screamed,” court records state.

According to the probable cause statement, the victim’s former girlfriend said she was involved with Warner. Her relationship with the victim had ended the year before but she told police the two were still good friends.  She also said she knew that Warner and the victim did not get along adding, that Warner always carried a gold-folding knife.

The victim told investigators he had been hanging out at his former girlfriend’s home when Warner and Hernandez arrived and started arguing with him.

“The three then went into the garage to smoke a cigarette. Immediately after entering the garage, Ryanrigvez started to punch (the victim) in the face and head,” according to the arrest warrant. “(The victim) started to fight back. Jose Hernandez then started to punch (the victim) as well. During the fight, (the victim) ripped the shirt and necklace off of Ryanrigvez. (The victim then saw Ryanrigvez holding a knife. The three continued to fight and (the victim) felt the pain of being stabbed.”

Warner was booked into the Iron County Correctional Facility on a first-degree felony for attempted homicide and a second-degree felony for aggravated assault. His bail is $100,000.

Warner is on probation for a conviction in 2014 for possession of marijuana. Initially, he was arrested for felony possession but the charge was later reduced to a class A misdemeanor. Court records show Warner violated his probation several times that first year for failing to pay his fines and testing positive for marijuana on mandatory drug screens. The court revoked Warner’s probation in 2015 and restarted it for another 24 months. Warner again violated probation multiple times and in 2017 had his probation again revoked and restarted for another 18 months.

Hernandez was also booked into jail on a second-degree felony for obstruction of justice and misdemeanor assault. He was later released on April 19 on his own recognizance by 5th District Judge Matthew L. Bell.

The 19-year-old was charged and convicted for distribution of a controlled substance in January. He was given suspended prison sentence for an indeterminate amount of time but no more than five years and was released from jail with credit for the 41 days he had served while waiting for sentencing. He was also placed on probation for 36 months.

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