A Lexington man pushed his girlfriend onto a bed, climbed on top of her and sliced her stomach with a paring knife over the weekend, then he ran off, police said.
Jonathan Stager, 23, was arrested about 8 p.m. Saturday at his apartment on Townley Drive, according to court records. The woman told police she was arguing with Stager when he inflicted the 3-inch cut about 6:30 p.m. The injury caused minimal bleeding, police said.
Stager fled the apartment when his girlfriend called police, she said. An officer saw Stager when he tried to return to his home a short time later — sparking a chase that started with the man hopping a wooden fence and ended in his arrest on Forbes Road, according to police.
He was charged with first-degree assault and evading police.Stager has been charged previously with both violations within the last year, according to court records.
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In April, Stager was arrested on assault charges after he allegedly injured a domestic partner in the same apartment, according to his April arrest citation. Stager posted a $3,000 bond shortly after his arrest.
Records didn’t indicate whether the victim was the same person. Both citations stated that alcohol was a suspected factor.
In August 2015, Stager was ordered to pay $664 after being found guilty of fleeing police on foot in a case from July.
Stager was held Monday morning in lieu of a $10,000 bond. His arraignment was scheduled for Monday afternoon.