Orem stabbing suspect booked on attempted murder

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Rick Bowmer
Kimberly Bird, assistant to superintendent for the Alpine School District, speaks during a news conference after several students were stabbed inside Mountain View High School Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Orem. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

An Orem teenager accused of stabbing five classmates in a locker room at Mountain View High School has been booked on suspicion of five counts of attempted murder.

Orem Police Lt. Craig Martinez said Wednesday the 16-year-old is in a juvenile detention center after being booked. He says county prosecutors have not yet formally charged the teen, whose name is being withheld due to his age.

Martinez says investigators aren’t going to provide details on the teen’s motive in the early Tuesday morning attack in part because they aren’t medical professionals.

Investigators have determined the teen’s attack was not motivated by race, ethnicity or because he had been bullied. Martinez says the victims just happened to be near the suspect in the locker room when he attacked.

He says police determined the teen stabbed himself in the neck when a police officer assigned to the school arrived to the locker room where teachers had cornered the student.

The victims are all expected to survive.

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