Fargo man charged with attempted murder in girlfriend's stabbing

Charges: woman escaped by offering assailant money

Jason O'Neil
Jason O'Neil

FARGO — A 49-year-old Fargo man was charged Monday, Aug. 24, in Cass County District Court with attempted murder and other counts in connection with a Saturday stabbing in Fargo.

Jason O'Neal was arrested by Fargo police about 3:45 p.m., Saturday, after officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the 2500 block of 14th Street South, according to a Facebook post by the police department.

According to police, the victim was stabbed by O'Neal, her boyfriend, and was transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. O'Neal was arrested and taken to the Cass County Jail, where he remained in custody Monday afternoon.

O'Neal is charged with one count of attempted murder, one count of interfering with a 911 call, two counts of violating a restraining order and one count of driving under suspension.


According to court documents:

Officers who responded to the stabbing call found a woman with five stab wounds to her body.

The woman told officers O'Neal had stabbed her and left in a vehicle.

She said the stabbing occurred after she confronted O'Neal with suspicions he was cheating on her and told him to pack his things.

The woman said after she was stabbed she became woozy from loss of blood, but was able to get away from O'Neal by telling him she would give him money she had stashed in the laundry room of her apartment building.

The woman called 911 from a neighbor's apartment and O'Neal fled in the woman's vehicle, the court documents said.

O'Neal was stopped by police two blocks from the apartment complex.

He told officers he left the woman's apartment before their argument could escalate and he denied any physical altercation, according to court documents.


At the time of the incident, a protection order was in place against O'Neal involving the victim in Saturday's stabbing, according to court documents.

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