West St. Paul man allegedly slashed girlfriend during argument


Raymond Hill

'Short manhunt' preceded arrest

A West St. Paul man allegedly slashed his girlfriend with steak knives during an argument at their apartment, and was arrested nearby hours later with blood on his face and arms, according to court documents filed April 24.

Raymond Everett Hill, 35, is facing a felony charge for second-degree assault in the attack.

West St. Paul police officers were summoned to the Hennepin County Medical Center at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, to investigate a report of domestic assault. There, a woman had cuts on her arms and face, which she said she sustained during an argument with her boyfriend, who she identified as Hill, the criminal complaint said.

She reportedly told police that Hill grabbed two steak knives while the couple argued, and pushed her out of the apartment while cutting her.

When the woman returned to the apartment to grab some things, Hill became angry again, the complaint said, pushed the woman onto a bed and tried to strangle her. During the struggle, the woman scratched his face.

Officers then went to the apartment along the 1700 block of Oakdale Avenue. They first spoke to Hill on the phone, the complaint said. Hill told police he was in Minneapolis.

Officers heard the apartment's patio door open, and later found Hill near the apartment building. Police arrested him early April 21.

According to the police report, Hill's phone was "pinging," drawing police to the location of the apartment, and there was a "short manhunt" preceding his arrest.

The complaint said Hill told police he did pick up a knife during the fight. He reportedly then tried to push his girlfriend through the door, but she "got in the way and got cut by the knife."

Hill later told police he held the victim down, and threw the knives in a trash can at the apartment, according to the complaint.

Police found the steak knives in the kitchen garbage, as well as a towel on the counter that "smelled strongly of cleaning solution," the complaint says.

If convicted, Hill could face up to seven years in prison for the charge.An omnibus hearing, where evidence will be considered to determine if there's probable cause to support charges, is scheduled at 9 a.m. May 20.

- Kaitlyn Roby

 

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