Minneapolis man charged in parking ramp stabbing - KMSP-TV

Minneapolis man charged in parking ramp stabbing

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A Minneapolis man is facing felony charges of first-degree assault and attempted kidnapping in the April. 19 stabbing of a woman in a parking garage.

On Thursday afternoon, responding officers found a woman suffering from a stab wound to her stomach and multiple defensive wounds on her hands in the parking ramp located at 800 Marquette Ave. South. She was taken to HCMC, where she underwent emergency surgery for a punctured liver.

The victim told police that she was putting items in her car when 48-year-old Robert John Meyers came up behind her, put a hunting knife to her throat, and told her they were going for a ride. The woman said she screamed and fought back, but he put his hand over her mouth and repeated himself.

The woman told officers she then bit Meyers' finger and kicked him. Eventually, he gave up and told her she was lucky that she was a fighter, according to the criminal complaint.

As he walked back toward the elevator lobby, the victim locked herself in her car and called police. She then realized she had been stabbed and ran down the ramp to get help before collapsing to the ground outside a pay booth.

Rolf Wangerg and his wife happened to be pulling out of the parking garage and stopped to help the victim. Wangberg told FOX 9 from his home in Rochester "the woman had lost a lot of blood."

"She had called her parents from her cell phone," said Wangberg. "I stayed on the phone with them until police arrived,  but she could have been killed."

Officers found surveillance video showing Meyers waiting in the elevator lobby at about 4:01 p.m. before following the woman out the door. About three minutes later, he reruns to the lobby and takes an elevator to the skyway level.

While the officers were at the scene, two managers from the 8th Street Grill approached to say they had asked a man who was acting strange to leave their restaurant shortly before the stabbing.

According to the managers, a man had approached another patron to ask him to join a fight club. Restaurant staff said the man was not intoxicated, but he was asked to leave because he kept referencing fighting and violence.

The owner of the 8th Street Grill later identified Meyers in a photographic lineup. Officers then got a warrant to search Meyers' apartment. Inside, police found a bag and bloody clothing that matched what the suspect in the parking ramp surveillance video had been wearing.

In an interview with police, Meyers told investigators that the suspect in the video looked like him, but said he did not remember that day because he had drank a lot. He also told police he does stupid things when drinking.

Meyers remains in custody at the Hennepin County Jail.

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