Judge sets bond at $500,000 for Bozeman stabbing suspect arrested in East Helena
By Eric Jochim - MTN News
HELENA - A 20-year-old man arrested in East Helena is suspected of stabbing another man in Bozeman.
Judge Michael Swingley set Jonathan Meyer’s bond at $500,000 Thursday in Justice Court.
According to Gallatin County charging documents, Bozeman police responded to a stabbing at an apartment on the 3300 block of Warbler Way just after 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 19.
When officers arrived they found the victim had been stabbed multiple times in the area around his heart.
In an interview with police, while he was recovering, the victim said he had been dropped off by a friend near his home. When he approached his residence he was attacked by a man in a Carhartt type jacket with the hood up and covering his face.
Court records say as he was stabbed, the victim fought back, kicking the suspect and calling for help. Shortly after, the suspect fled and the victim was able to get help from his roommate.
When police began investigating, they interviewed a woman the victim said he had been recently involved with. Court records say the woman lived with her ex-boyfriend, identified as Jonathan Meyer.
Police interviewed Meyer on Jan. 20. Court documents say Meyer refused to submit to a DNA swab and told officers he recently disabled the location services on his phone.
Police say a review of responding officer’s dashcam footage showed a vehicle matching the one belonging to Meyer, with a white male wearing clothing similar to that Meyer said he was wearing the night of the stabbing, about a mile and a half from the crime scene.
Through additional interviews, police identified Meyer as a suspect and obtained a search warrant for Meyer’s phone. A search of the phone revealed recent searches for muggings and robberies caught on CCTV, the schedule of the bus service the victim used, information on how to clean blood stains from a knife, and cheater/spy/tracker apps.
Court records also say the victim’s girlfriend told police she had confronted Meyer on Jan. 30 and asked if Meyer had stabbed the victim. Court records say Meyer admitted to the woman he stabbed the man multiple times.
Meyer was arrested in East Helena on Jan. 30. just after 7 p.m.