Updated: 03/07/2013 5:06 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson
A Minneapolis man was convicted of first-degree assault for stabbing a woman in a downtown Minneapolis parking ramp last spring.
According to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, 48-year-old Robert Meyers was wearing a suit and tie April 19, 2012, when he attacked a woman in a parking ramp at 800 Marquette Avenue South.
Meyer's came up behind the woman, put a knife to her throat and told her they were going for a ride. She screamed, bit his finger, and kicked at him until he left. When she got into her car, she realized she had been stabbed.
According to the criminal complaint, her injuries were life threatening and she had to get surgery for a punctured liver. The attorney’s office said the knife went about 10 inches into her body, through her liver and into her adrenal gland.
Hennepin County Attorney Sarah Hilleren said Meyers carried a computer bag with a hunting knife, red gloves and condoms inside.
Meyers was arrested and charged with first degree assault, attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and attempted kidnapping. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says the jury acquitted Meyers of the criminal sexual conduct charge and could not reach a verdict on the attempted kidnapping charge.
Investigators say Meyers had a prior conviction for criminal sexual conduct in Iowa from 2002 that was similar to the attack in Minneapolis.
Prosecutors are seeking a 20-year prison sentence.