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Police: Man tried to kill mother of his son

A Medford man faces a charge of attempted murder after he allegedly sneaked into the bedroom of his ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of his 3-year-old son, and attacked her with a rubber mallet and stun gun.

Medford police say Ryan Daniel Conner, 37, used a key to enter the woman’s bedroom in the 1900 block of Hutchins Circle at about 4:15 a.m. Thursday and allegedly choked her, hit her repeatedly and tried to use a stun gun to subdue her.

In a text to the Mail Tribune, the victim described the attack as her “worst nightmare” and said she never saw it coming.

The woman said she put up a struggle before fleeing to a neighbor’s home and called for help.

“He fought me with weapons,” she said. “I was naked with no weapons and I won.”

The woman was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for serious, but not life-threatening, injuries, police said.

The woman said Conner tried to kill her. He nearly ripped her ear off, which had to be stitched back on, and she needed three staples to treat a gash.

Conner fled on foot back to his apartment in the 1700 block of Crater Lake Avenue, where their child had been sleeping unattended, police said.

Shortly after 6 a.m., police, along with SWAT and hostage negotiators, surrounded the apartment complex. After a standoff lasting more than an hour, Conner surrendered at 7:20 a.m., Medford police said in a release.

The child was returned to family members after the standoff, the release said.

Connor allegedly told investigators that he planned the attack and described several ways to dispose of her body.

Medford police arrested Connor on felony charges of attempted murder, first- and second-degree assault constituting domestic violence, attempted first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and strangulation, along with a misdemeanor charge of child neglect. He is being held at the Jackson County Jail on $342,500 bail.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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