An officer restricts access to the Royal Court apartment complex while police conduct an investigation. Bob Pennell / Mail Tribune - Bob Pennell

Argument turns bloody

A Medford woman is in jail after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in the chest then continuing to fight with him outside their Royal Court apartment before both raced off as police arrived late Monday morning.

Police and witnesses said Paul Richard Bowman, 42, was transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center shortly before noon on Monday after Jennifer Lynn Crawford, 30, plunged a knife into his upper chest at their apartment in the 900 block of Royal Court.

Bowman remained in serious condition Monday night, hospital officials said.

Crawford is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on Measure 11 charges of first- and second-degree assault, as well as fourth-degree assault, said Medford police Lt. Bob Hansen. (Clarification: The description of charges has been clarified.)

As investigators cordoned off areas and began collecting evidence Monday, residents stood on the sidewalk and discussed the morning's drama.

Neighbors said Crawford continued to scream and fight with Bowman even as he struggled to get away from her.

"She kept cussing at him," said Stephanie Ball, 16. "She said, 'I'll see you in heaven.' And he said, 'Is that why you stabbed me in the heart?' "

Ball, her aunt and a friend, Britnee Acuna, were enjoying a day off of work and school when they heard screaming and yelling coming from the courtyard below their second-story windows.

"He was bleeding. He was holding his chest," Ball said. "He kept screaming 'Stop! Stop!' They kept fighting. She had blood all over her sweats."

Neighbors called police to help stop the fight. As soon as officers arrived, Crawford screamed at Bowman to "Run! Run!" Then she took off in another direction, said Acuna.

With a rag pressed to his chest, Bowman ran off toward Providence Medford Medical Center, Acuna said.

Crawford, who had been screaming that Bowman had "cheated" and "taken her children," ran down the sidewalk toward the Children's Services Department building screaming incoherently at passersby, Acuna said.

Police used their stun guns to subdue an uncooperative Crawford, Ball said.

"She was screaming and fighting and hitting her head on the cement," she said.

Hansen confirmed Crawford was "tazed" before being transported to Providence, adding, "She put up a struggle."

Crawford was treated for a knife wound to the leg before being taken to jail, where she was held on more than $2 million bail on the three assault charges and for resisting arrest.

No children were present in the couple's apartment during the domestic violence incident, Hansen said.

Court records show that Crawford has multiple arrests for drug offenses.

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 541-776-4497 or e-mail

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