Police: More charges likely from Saturday night scuffles

Alcohol, knife and metal pipe send four men to hospital

Posted: Thursday, June 04, 2009

The combination of alcohol, a 3-inch knife and a pipe proved a bloody milieu at Switzer Creek Trailer Court on Saturday night.

Police arrested Juneau resident Johnathan Jackson, 26, for felony assault in the second degree after allegedly stabbing two men Saturday night. Police also arrested Juneau resident Terry Stansell, 27, for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. More charges may be filed at a grand jury hearing Friday.

When police found them Saturday night after responding to a report of an assault, they both had bloody head injuries of their own from scuffles with the knife-wound victims, said Juneau Police Department spokesman Sgt. Dave Campbell.

Campbell said the incident began before midnight after a disagreement between two groups of people at a trailer near Blue Jay Street and Whitehead Street. Both Jackson and Stansell, along with an unidentified 27-year-old female from Angoon, had been drinking at the time, he said.

"The female that was with Mr. Jackson, they had been consuming alcohol and she had court ordered conditions not to consume alcohol, so there will be some kind of charge against her for violating conditions of release as well," he said.

Campbell said the stabbings were the result of one of multiple scuffles among several parties that were coming and going that evening from which still more charges may stem.

"There was a disagreement concerning the possible sale of a vehicle," Campbell said. "During the argument, Mr. Jackson produced a knife and there was a scuffle."

During the fight, a 21-year-old man was stabbed once in the torso and once in the lower abdomen. A 25-year-old man then came out of a trailer and was subsequently stabbed in the torso and in his right wrist trying to defend himself, according to a police statement.

"While this was going on, the second victim that got stabbed picked up a pipe, about a two-foot section of pipe that was in the area and used that to defend himself against Mr. Jackson with the knife," Campbell said.

The 25-year-old, who is not being named because of his injuries, used the metal pipe to strike both men in the head, he said.

"He used the pipe to defend himself," Campbell said, adding that charges are not likely against the men with knife wounds at this point.

Police took the knife, pipe and bloody clothes into evidence.

"The knife that was used was a lock-blade folding knife with approximately a 3-inch blade," Campbell said.

All four men were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital, treated and released.

There were "obvious pools of blood on the ground" at the scene, but the injuries weren't serious according to the hospital, Campbell said.

Jackson is being held without bail in Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Stansell was also in the state prison, but was released on $750 bail.

Campbell said an independent witness helped provide police with insight in the assault.

• Contact reporter Eric Morrison at 523-2269 or eric.morrison@juneauempire.com.

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