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Rochester man charged with attempted murder

June 6, 2017 GMT

A Rochester man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing an Owatonna woman eight times.

Ron Jaeger, 34, appeared in court Friday afternoon on charges of first-degree assault causing great bodily harm and attempted second-degree murder. Both charges carry prison sentences of between three and 20 years, according to Owatonna Peoples Press.

Police were called Thursday morning to Skyline Garden trailer park, where they found the woman, who was Jaeger’s ex-girlfriend and is not named in the complaint, being treated by medical staff. Before being transported to Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary Campus, she told officers Jaeger had stabbed her and fled in her vehicle for Rochester.

The woman reportedly was stabbed once in the cheek, twice in the abdomen and five times in the back. Doctors performed trauma resuscitation and treated her for complications due to blood loss and penetrating injuries affecting her vital organs. A neighbor found the victim bleeding and banging on her door, asking her to call the police. The woman reportedly asked the neighbor to tell her kids she loved them and she didn’t want to die.

Jaeger was spotted driving through Dodge County and was detained by Minnesota State Patrol and Dodge Country Sheriff’s deputies. Blood stains were found on the steering wheel and inside the door. Blood also was found on a 4-inch folding buck knife found on the floor. Jaeger told police he struggled with the woman but denied stabbing her.

Jaeger’s criminal record includes convictions for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon in 2006, felony domestic assault in 2009 and 2016 and terroristic threats involving a folding knife in 2014.

Jaeger is set to return to court on June 14. His bail has been set at $500,000 with conditions and $1 million without.