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Suspect at large after man stabbed repeatedly at harbor

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2002

Juneau police continued to search today for a man accused of stabbing another man near Harris Harbor on Friday night.

Police said the suspect is a white male in his late 40s, approximately 6 feet tall and 190 pounds. His name is not being released. Police believe the suspect knew the 38-year-old victim, whose name also is not being released.

The victim was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital on Saturday afternoon where it was determined he had multiple stab wounds and a skull fracture.

Bartlett spokeswoman Marijo Toner said the victim chose to discharge himself from the hospital today at 3 a.m. He was listed in fair condition at the time of his release.

The victim was found by a woman around 12:45 p.m. Saturday at the downtown harbor who said she saw the man collapse and that he had blood coming from his ear.

An ambulance arrived and took the man to the hospital where staff determined he had been stabbed several times, with two of his wounds near his eye and his ear, Toner said.

Capt. Tom Porter said when police arrived to interview the man at the hospital, he was intoxicated and injured but coherent. He gave officers the name of the man who allegedly stabbed him but little other information, Porter said.

"That's why we aren't releasing the name of the suspect," Porter said. "We want to be sure the victim is giving us accurate information. We don't want to release it and it turns out not to be him. So we are waiting to go back and interview the victim further."

Emergency medical technicians told police the man had been stabbed at least six times but Porter said there could have been more wounds. Police are unsure at this time whether the victim's skull fracture was the result of a fall or being struck with an object, Porter said. Police said they do not have the weapon used to stab the man and do not know what it was.

Porter said an arrest warrant may be issued today.

In the meantime, Porter said police are checking the docks at Harris Harbor looking for anyone who may be able to provide information about the crime.

Melanie Plenda can be reached at mplenda@juneauempire.com.



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