A Ketchikan man is facing a federal assault charge for allegedly kicking a U.S. Coast Guard officer in the face during a skirmish back in September.
Court records show 55-year-old Jon William Munhoven was indicted by a federal grand jury late last month on one count of assaulting a federal officer. Munhoven was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Juneau and pleaded not guilty to the crime.
Prosecutors say that Coast Guard officers contacted Munhoven while responding to a disturbance on a private vessel outside of Ketchikan on Sept. 2. Officers removed Munhoven from the vessel, transferred him onto a Coast Guard vessel and placed him in restraints. Munhoven became hostile and aggressive as the officers towed the private vessel back to the harbor, and he was ultimately placed on the deck of the Coast Guard boat for his own safety and the safety of others, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage. Some time during the incident, the kick took place, injuring the Coast Guard officer, prosecutors say.
Assaulting a federal officer is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
The press release states Munhoven also goes by the spelling John William Mundhoven.