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Police respond to stabbing at Super 8 Motel Friday

Charles A. Abbott arrested, arraigned on assault charges

Posted: June 17, 2012 - 12:08am

Three people were injured in a stabbing at the Super 8 Motel on Trout Street around 1:30 a.m. Friday, one of whom was rushed to the hospital with two stab wounds to his torso, police said.

A 25-year-old male victim, who was identified as Leon Paul in court documents, had one stab wound on his back and one on his side, Juneau Police Department Lt. David Campbell said.

Campbell said he did not know the victim’s current medical condition on Friday afternoon, and phone calls to Bartlett Regional Hospital were not returned.

Campbell said an argument broke out between the victim and the stabbing suspect, Charles Alan Abbott, 32, during a late night party at the motel.

Police arrested Abbott following an investigation, and he was arraigned in Juneau District Court later that day.

It’s unclear at this point what the argument was about, police said.

The injuries to two other people were not as severe — 32-year-old Christopher Jim had a 3-inch-long cut on his right forearm, and a 22-year-old Juneau woman, Kristie George, had a superficial cut on her left hand, according to court documents.

“Somehow during the melee they got injured as well,” Campbell said. “I’m not sure on the exact specifics on that.”

Jim and George, identified in court documents as cousins, were also taken to the hospital to be treated for their injuries.

Police responded to the motel after receiving a 911 call from one of the Super 8 Motel employees at about 1:38 a.m., Campbell said.

An investigation revealed that about 10 people were partying at the hotel when the fight ensued with a 4-inch-long black folding knife.

Police said alcohol was a factor in the incident. The knife was confiscated.

Police contacted Abbott as he and a 23-year-old Juneau woman were trying to leave the area, crossing Egan Drive near McDonald’s.

When Abbott was located, he allegedly had drops of blood on his body and clothes, according to an affidavit filed by the district attorney’s office.

The 4-inch-long black folding pocket knife was hidden in his companion’s bra, and the knife had blood on its tip, the affidavit states.

Campbell said Abbott and his companion were both detained during the investigation, and the woman was later released.

Abbott was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and third-degree assault. Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams charged Abbott via criminal information with one count of second-degree assault, a class ‘B’ felony that can carry up to 10 years in prison, and two counts of third-degree assault, a ‘C’ felony that can carry up to five years.

According to charging documents, the incident took place in Room 206 where officers observed blood on the walls, windows and carpet.

Police found Paul lying facedown on the floor, an affidavit states. A friend was kneeling by his side, trying to stop the bleeding with a white pillowcase.

Paul appeared to be in pain, but he was conscious and talking to police.

According to an affidavit, Jim told police everyone jumped in to try to stop the fight, and that a man ran out of the room as Paul fell to the floor. Jim said he tried to pursue the man but was cut somehow in the process.

“I never saw a knife or even how I got cut,” Jim said, according to the affidavit.

Abbott maintained his innocence in an interview with police, and is quoted in an affidavit as saying, in essence, “We went to the Super 8 because there was a party. Once we were there, I realized I wasn’t liked by the people there. I do have a knife, and I gave it to Bennett before we went to the Super 8. I do this because I don’t want (the) knife used on me. I didn’t stab anyone tonight.”

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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