Police respond to domestic altercation involving 16-year-olds

Police responded to a domestic violence altercation at a Mendenhall Valley home Monday night that involved two 16-year-olds.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on an outstanding warrant and charged with assault and criminal mischief on suspicion of hitting his 16-year-old girlfriend and breaking her belongings.

Juneau Police Department spokesman Lt. David Campbell said JPD responded to the boy’s home in the 8100 block of Threadneedle Street about 5 p.m. after receiving a call from the girl. She reported the boy had punched her in the arm and that he broke her phone, hair dryer and hair straightener during an altercation.

The boy fled from his home on foot when responding police officers arrived, but officers caught him down the street, Campbell said.

While the boy was being detained, police learned he had an Alaska State Trooper warrant out for his arrest. The warrant lists the underlying offense as “family offenses,” and Campbell was unable to elaborate.

Police took pictures of bruising on the girl’s arm, but she did not require additional medical assistance, Campbell said.

The boy was charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree assault for causing her injury and criminal mischief for damaging her property. Campbell said the case has been forwarded to the Juneau district attorney’s office.

The boy was lodged at the Johnson Youth Center.

His name was not released since he is a minor.

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

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