Salt Lake City, UT

Murder Suspect Arrested For a 2018 Killing

S. F. Mori

It was allegedly due to a fight over a cellphone

A man has recently been arrested for a murder which took place in 2018 near a Dollar Tree Store on the west side of Salt Lake City. It was a brutal stabbing of a 20 year old woman. Her name was Candace Rose Samples, and she was killed in the parking lot of the store. A male victim was injured in the attack when he tried to help the woman.
Dollar Tree Store(Image in the public domain)

Pat Reavy posted on July 22, 2021, on, a story with the title: “Man charged with murdering woman in fight over cellphone.”
The accused is Kidus Chane Yohannes, 34. He was arrested for homicide on Tuesday, July 19, 2021. He had been a person of interest soon after the murder, but he was not arrested at that time.
The Salt Lake City Police Department put out a tweet which said:
“Homicide investigations are sometimes long and complicated but we never rest, and cases are never ‘cold.’ We have arrested Kidus Yohannes 34, for the 2018 murder of Candace Samples.”

The charges against Yohannes are aggravated murder, a first degree felony, and murder, a second degree felony. He was charged in the Salt Lake County, 3rd District Court.

Samples was stabbed multiple times on November 18, 2018. Police located her body in the parking lot of a Dollar Tree store. She had been stabbed and had wounds all over her body, according to the police affidavit. Her body was located inside a gated dumpster enclosure. She was transported a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

A male victim was found on a sidewalk near the store. He had multiple stabbing wounds to his face, hands, ribs, and shoulders. He was transmitted to the hospital in critical condition. He survived the attack.

Witnesses at the scene of the stabbings gave police a description of the suspect when the murder occurred, but he fled the scene. He could not be located at the time by police using K-9s in the search.

Police also received information from witnesses who said the suspect was at a nearby library when he accused Samples of stealing his cellphone. Yohannes was a transient and homeless. Witnesses said that he made statements saying that he would kill the female victim. They saw him holding her at knife point.

The male who was stabbed several times had attempted to help the female.Then the suspect turned to the female victim. He stabbed her repeatedly and then fled from the scene.

Surveillance video from a camera at a nearby convenience store helped to identify the suspect. The video showed him chasing the female victim from the library. He was observed with the victim just prior to the stabbing. Yohannes was identified, and a warrant for his arrest was issued as a person of interest in the case.

The University of Utah had issued a high alert to students after it was learned that Yohannes had been at the Marriott Library on the university campus earlier that day.

Samples’ death was ruled a homicide by the Assistant Medical Examiner because of the multiple stab wounds. She reportedly had 26 sharp force trauma wounds on her body. They were on her arms, hands, chest, abdomen, face, and legs. It was a brutal attack.

Yohannes was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail and ordered held without bail. DNA tests tied him to the murder scene. Blood on Yohannes’ shoes was shown to belong to Samples.

It was not made known why the DNA testing took so long and why it took over two years to arrest the suspect. Police did say that the detective in charge of the case was changed.

[Source: Salt Lake Tribune, Gephardt Daily]

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