Attempted murder charges filed

Robert Martin

GOOSEBERRY — A homeless man was arrested for attempted murder following a reported stabbing March 10.

Robert W. Martin, 48, was arrested for first-degree attempted murder following the investigation of a stabbing that occurred March 9, according to the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office.

Steven Lowman, 39, was driving on frontage road near Interstate 70 with Martin and another man. That’s when Lowman and Martin allegedly got into an argument. 

The argument escalated to the point that Martin allegedly stabbed Lowman several times in the chest, head and back, said Sevier County Sheriff Nate Curtis. 

“After the assault Martin fled the scene,” Curtis said. Emergency medical technicians, deputies and Salina City Police Officers responded to the scene, treating Lowman and transporting him to an area hospital.

Curtis said the third person in the vehicle is the one who called authorities.

“He said he had fallen asleep in the back of the van and didn’t witness the fight,” Curtis said. He said the victim told officers he didn’t know what caused the fight. 

Lowman was later flown to Utah Valley Medical Center in Provo for treatment of his injuries, which were described as not life threatening.

Meanwhile, deputies searched the area throughout the night and found Martin hiding in a broken down motorhome at the Gooseberry exit of I-70. 

Martin is being held on a $500,000 bond, and is due to make his first court appearance this week. 

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