Suspect in hedge trimmer assault in Montgomery County Jail

Ronald Collins (Montgomery County Jail mugshot)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials arrested a man suspected of breaking into a woman’s home and assaulting her Sunday afternoon.

Ronald Collins, 51, is in the Montgomery County Jail facing aggravated burglary and robbery with physical harm charges.

Officials say Collins went to the door of a 79-year-old woman Thursday and asked if he could do yard work for her. According to police, he then forced his way into her home on St. Joseph Street and stabbed her in the hand with a pair of hedge trimmers.

The woman uses oxygen and doesn’t move well, police say.

The man then asked the woman to perform sexual acts. When the woman refused the unidentified man robbed the house. He also cut her oxygen tube and the phone line before running from the scene. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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