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Ron Jaeger

OWATONNA – A Rochester man accused of stabbing a woman eight times was convicted by a Steele County District Court jury last week of attempted murder.

Ron Henry Lee Jaeger, 36, was convicted on Friday of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault-great bodily harm and first-degree aggravated robbery following a multi-day jury trial. Jaeger is set to be sentenced on the charges on Nov. 12 by Judge Joseph Bueltel. He is being held on $500,000 conditional bond.

Owatonna police were called the morning of June 1 to the Skyline Garden mobile home park, 2126 Third Avenue Northwest, for a report of a woman who had been stabbed. 

The assailant had left before emergency responders arrived.

Police arrived and found the woman propped in a lawn chair and being cared for by medical staff. The woman told police she was Jaeger's ex-girlfriend and that he stabbed her with a knife and then took off, according to records.

She was airlifted to Mayo Clinic Hospital-Saint Marys. She suffered multiple stab wounds — one to her right cheek, five to her back and two to her abdomen, according to court records. Doctors performed trauma resuscitation and treated her for complications due to blood loss and penetrating injuries affecting her vital organs.

A neighbor found the woman 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 later located while 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 knife found on the floor.

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.

Public Safety Reporter

Emily is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. A Minnesota native, Emily worked at two newspapers in New England before returning to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in July 2018.