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Police still investigating stabbings at Airport Apartments

Victim wants to know why no arrest after she 'almost died'

Posted: November 5, 2013 - 1:02am

Police are still investigating multiple stabbings that took place early Friday morning at the Airport Apartments, an altercation which also involved a baseball bat and left two people injured.

No arrests have been made as of Monday morning, according to Juneau Police Department spokesman Lt. David Campbell.

Campbell said in a phone interview that the altercation began when a 37-year-old woman with a youth baseball bat went to confront someone at the valley apartment located in the 9300 block of Glacier Highway.

Campbell said he did not know what the confrontation was about, but that a 24-year-old man responded by pulling out a small knife. Both the woman and the man were injured by the knife and were taken to the hospital separately, he said.

Sonya Taton, the 37-year-old woman, took issue with that account and told the Empire she brandished the baseball bat for her protection. She said she went over to the apartment to look for her boyfriend, who she had just gotten into an argument with, and that the 24-year-old man came outside and was “very confrontational” with her.

“I might have brought a bat out, and I think he took it the wrong way,” she said.

Taton said she was knocked out and stabbed seven times. She said she awoke inside the empty apartment, then left to get help from her ex-husband, who called 911 and drove her to the hospital.

Taton said she was in the Bartlett Regional Hospital Critical Care Unit for two days and required emergency surgery for a wound on her neck. She described the lacerations as deep and that each required stitches. She was released from the hospital on Sunday.

Taton questioned why police had not arrested the 24-year-old, whose name was not released and who could not be reached for comment. She also questioned why another woman inside the residence was not charged with a crime for leaving her injured and bleeding in the apartment.

“She left me there to die, she could have called the cops a lot sooner,” Taton said.

Police were alerted to the incident at about 3:45 a.m. Friday when they received a call from the 24-year-old who reported being in an altercation and receiving injuries. They received the 911 call from Taton’s ex-husband shortly thereafter.

Police initially described the injuries as minor, which Taton expressed frustration about.

“I almost died,” she stressed.

Campbell said that’s the information the police sergeant who penned the release had at the time. The press release was issued a few hours after the incident at about 7:20 a.m.

Campbell added that police generally follow-up when there’s a report of an injury by obtaining a search warrant for medical records.

Police have not said why there hasn’t been an arrest in the case. Campbell noted the investigation is still ongoing, and that police still have more work to do at the scene and investigators are also trying to obtain video surveillance footage from outside the apartment.

Police said both parties were drinking alcohol prior to the fight.

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

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