Juneau police nab stabbing suspect

Man on probation charged in boat harbor incident

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Police apprehended a man Monday they say stabbed an acquaintance more than six times Friday night.

George K. Shavers, 48, was charged with felony assault with a dangerous weapon for the alleged attack near Harris Harbor.

Police found Shavers after local boat owners saw him going back to his vessel around 10 a.m. Monday and called police.

Shavers was on probation on a previous assault conviction when the incident occurred, according to court records.

Police Capt. Tom Porter said Shavers did not resist arrest and cooperated with police.

A woman at Harris Harbor found the victim Saturday afternoon after he collapsed on the dock with multiple stab wounds and a fractured skull. The man, whose name was not released, told police Shavers stabbed him but said little else. According to hospital staff, the injured man discharged himself at 3 a.m. Monday and was reported to be in fair condition.

Porter said police have not interviewed the victim fully since the incident. Porter said Monday they were unsure whether Shavers was the suspect they were looking for because the victim was intoxicated and in pain when he gave officers his alleged attacker's name.

Today, however, Porter said police are confident Shavers is the right person.

"He (Shavers) wasn't talking to us much yesterday," Porter said. "But we did talk to him a little. Without going into any details, he hasn't admitted to anything yet but we believe he is the right guy."

Porter said there was no evidence of the crime on Shavers' boat, which is also his residence, and police have not located the weapon allegedly used.

Police did find blood-stained clothing Shavers may have worn during the assault, Porter said.

Shavers was being held at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on no bond pending his arraignment today. Porter said there may be additional charges as the investigation proceeds. Felony assault with a dangerous weapon can bring a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

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

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