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Warrant issued for Haines man wanted for ferry assault

Posted: January 11, 2013 - 1:03am

A magistrate issued a $5,000 arrest warrant for a Haines man wanted in connection to an assault on a Juneau-bound ferry.

The warrant was issued after Easton Craig Hagwood, 21, failed to show up at his arraignment Thursday in Juneau court.

Hagwood is facing a felony assault charge for the November incident aboard the M/V Columbia as it was traveling from Haines to Juneau. The Columbia is a ferry in the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Prosecutors say Hagwood punched another man in the face, knocking him out. The blow fractured the victim’s jaw so that it had to be wired shut for six weeks, according to an affidavit.

The victim, identified in court documents as Harley Whittington, reported the incident to Alaska State Troopers on Nov. 13.

The affidavit states that one of Hagwood’s friends told law enforcement Hagwood told him the punch was “payback for being hit by Whittington a few weeks prior” in Haines.

Court documents show troopers served a summons on Hagwood in December informing him of the arraignment. The summons specified that Hagwood is a Haines resident.

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

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