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Man violated probation in Waterloo stabbing case

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Court documents show the man accused of trying to kill his girlfriend in Monday's stabbing was wanted by police at the time of the incident.

Reuben Stigler faces attempted murder. Police say he stabbed his girlfriend, Angelia O'Connell, multiple times in an attempt to kill her. But according to court documents, he should have been in jail, as a warrant for his arrest was active. Stigler has a long criminal history, and was on probation for an unrelated incident. He appeared in court March 12 for violation of his probation, and was sentenced to jail.

As Stigler's probation officer was escorting him to the Black Hawk County jail, Stigler ran off. Court documents say, "the defendant decided that he had nothing to lose," and decided not to submit himself to the Black Hawk County Sheriff.

11 days later, Stigler was still on the run. The victim's father, Richard O'Connell, believes the stabbing wouldn't have occurred if Stigler was in custody.

"I still can't imagine 11 days, it really irritates me that he can run the streets of Waterloo for 11 days and nobody can find him. I think in his mind, he was going to kill her before he went to jail," O'Connell said.

Waterloo Police say when arrest warrants are issued, both police and the Sheriff's Office actively search for the person. At the same time, though, police say thousands of warrants within the county can be active at once.

KWWL also reached out to Stigler's probation officer, and have not yet received a response.





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