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Both parties involved in Friday stabbing could face assault charges

Police say video footage of the assault was captured

Posted: November 6, 2013 - 12:02am

Two people involved in a stabbing at the Airport Apartments early Friday morning could be facing criminal charges for assault, police say.

Juneau Police Department spokesman Lt. David Campbell said both victims in the case — a 37-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man — are being investigated as suspects in connection to the incident.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen next, but my guess is we could have charges on both parties,” Campbell said in a phone interview Tuesday. “In talking to the investigators, it’s a complicated story but we’ve got good statements from people, we got video surveillance from the area and the investigation is proceeding.”

Police received conflicting accounts about what happened during the altercation, but Campbell said police obtained video surveillance camera footage from the apartment complex on Monday that has helped shed light on what transpired.

Campbell said he could not go into specifics about what the footage showed, citing the active investigation, but he said it is helpful to their investigation despite the fact that the footage isn’t perfect or at the “ideal angle.”

“We have a fairly brief encounter, and we have both sides telling us things that are somewhat consistent, then somewhat different,” he said. “The nice thing about the video is it lets us confirm or deny certain aspects.”

Campbell said the initial 911 call came in at about 3:44 a.m. Friday from a 24-year-old man who reported he had just been in an altercation at the apartment and sustained lacerations to his arms. The man told dispatchers that he suffered the injuries in self-defense from a woman who came to his apartment and attacked him with a baseball bat. Campbell said the man then changed his story and told dispatchers he received the injuries from falling.

About three minutes later, police received another 911 call, this time from a man who was driving the 37-year-old woman to the hospital with multiple stab wounds. The woman told the Empire on Monday that she was stabbed seven times during the confrontation and nearly died. She was released from the hospital on Sunday after being in the critical care unit for two days and undergoing emergency surgery. The woman also claimed self-defense in the Empire interview, saying the man pulled a knife on her.

The 24-year-old man’s name was not released and he could not be reached for comment. The extent of his injuries is unknown.

Police said both the 24-year-old and the 37-year-old were drinking at the time. No arrests have been made yet.

“It is a complicated story, or it’s a complicated investigation,” Campbell noted. “We have interviewed all the parties involved, investigators are still looking to put together the case to present to the DA’s office.”

Campbell said the case will likely be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office sometime in the near future.

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

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