A Keewatin woman is facing three felony charges in connection with a stabbing at her home Wednesday evening which put a Jacobson man in the hospital with stab wounds to his chest and arm.
Rae Lynn Butzbach, 49, has been charged with one count of first degree assault, one count of second degree assault-substantial bodily harm and one court of second degree assault, all felonies.
Keewatin Police Chief Paul Fairbanks said officers responded to a report of an unknown medical call on North Fifth Street in Keewatin around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday evening. When officers arrived, they were met outside the residence by the victim, a 49-year-old male.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Keewatin police officer observed the victim, identified as R.W.C., stagger to his squad car, holding the left side of his chest. The victim told the officer that “Rae Lynn went nuts and stabbed him.” Medical personnel arriving on the scene attended to the victim.
The officer saw Butzbach exit the house and asked her if she still had the knife. She replied it was in the kitchen and she stabbed the victim because he had a knife first. She agreed to take the officer to the knife and as they walked through the home, the officer observed beer cans throughout the residence. Butzbach told the officer she and the victim got into an argument and started pushing each other around.
Once in the kitchen, the officer observed two large kitchen knives on the floor. She was then asked to exit the residence and placed under arrest. The officer noted that Butzbach had blood on the palm of her right hand and smelled heavily of an alcoholic beverage. She refused a preliminary breath test at the jail.
The victim was transported to Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi and placed in the ICU. The attending physical noted the victim had a 7 centimeter stab wound to his left arm and a 2.5 centimeter penetrating stab wound to his left chest.
The victim told authorities that he had been residing at Butzbach’s house for the past few days and “both of them had been snorting Adderall, approximately 20 to 30 pills, since Tuesday. Ten of the pills had been snorted prior to the stabbing. He also said that Butzbach was off her medications and that he’d been drinking, but only about 10 beers and some brandy.
The victim also told authorities that Butzbach became agitated while speaking to her son about money. She then cut the victim on the left arm, which he was able to get away from her. He said he then pushed her down, she grabbed another knife and stabbed him in the chest. He was able to get the second knife away from her, then pushed her down again. He then heard a sucking noise, at which time he went outside, planning to drive himself to the hospital.
When asked if he attempted to stab Butzbach, he replied, “I didn’t stab her, I love her.”
Fairbanks said on Friday that for a little town such as Keewatin, “it’s a serious incident.” There have been very few violent crimes in Keewatin – in October 2006 a Keewatin man attempted to shoot officers serving a search warrant. In that incident, Steven Leathers was sentenced to 15 years and nine months in prison. In March 2001, Gene Carpenter murdered a man in a Keewatin home, then murdered his ex-sister-in-law, the dead man’s girlfriend, in Kanabec County. Carpenter was sentenced to two life sentences.
Fairbanks said the victim is still in the hospital, but he did not know his condition.
Butzbach appeared in Itasca County District Court before Judge John Hawkinson on Thursday where her bail was set at $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions to include drug and alcohol restrictions. A domestic abuse no contact order was also issued, meaning Butzbach may have no contact of any kind with the victim.
Her next court date has been set for 9 a.m. before Judge Jon Maturi in Itasca County District Court.
She is currently being held in the Itasca County Jail.