Man arrested for felony domestic violence assault

Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2010

HOONAH - A 21-year-old man was arrested for felony domestic violence early Tuesday morning in the Whitestone Community on Chichagof Island near Hoonah.

William A. Hinchman was arrested on one count of felony domestic violence assault, one count of misdemeanor domestic violence assault, furnishing alcohol to a minor and two counts of violating conditions of release.

The Alaska State Troopers and Hoonah Police Department responded to a "critical assault in progress" in Whitestone Community shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday following a call to the U.S. Coast Guard Emergency Response Center in Juneau. Officers and a trooper found two 19-year-old women at the scene that were injured who told investigators they had been assaulted and choked.

Two baby girls, ages 11 months and 22 months, were examined at the scene and determined to be unharmed. They were placed in the care of family members.

The two victims were transported to the Hoonah SEARHC Clinic where they were treated and later released.

Hinchman was transported to the HPD and arraigned Tuesday afternoon under a $7,000 cash bond and remanded to custody.

Hoonah Police Chief John Millan said the Coast Guard staff duty officer in Juneau that originally took the call showed "extremely proficient and professional handling" of the incident that led to a quick response by law enforcement officials.

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