Jess Moorlag

BULLHEAD CITY – A transient reportedly stabbed a man who was fishing the Colorado River in Bullhead City last week. Police Department spokeswoman Emily Fromelt said officers responded to the violence in the area of Riverfront drive and Yale Drive at about 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31.

Police reportedly made contact with the 42-year-old victim who ran to a nearby home asking for help.

“The victim had lost a significant amount of blood from a deep stab wound to his left calf,” Fromelt said. “He also had multiple other lacerations on his body.”

Fromelt said officers applied a tourniquet to slow the leg bleeding and that the victim was admitted at a local hospital before he was flown to Las Vegas for further treatment.

The suspect who was later identified as Jess Moorlag, 40 , fled the scene but surrendered to detectives at the police station Monday. He was arrested and booked into the Adult Detention Facility in Kingman for aggravated assault.

Fromelt said investigation determined that Moorlag was upset with the victim because he reportedly “disrespected” him by calling him something other than his preferred nickname.