Alaska Digest

Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Man charged in shelter assault

JUNEAU - Police arrested an 18-year-old on four misdemeanor charges Monday after he allegedly pushed his way into Juneau's AWARE shelter where his 16-year-old girlfriend was staying, officers said.

AWARE - Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies - provides support services for those affected by domestic violence in nine Southeast Alaska communities.

A staff member at the shelter called police at about 2 p.m. Monday, saying the suspect had just forced the door open. The 18-year-old man allegedly assaulted two AWARE staff members, including one his 16-year-old girlfriend was hiding behind.

The girl told police she persuaded her boyfriend to leave the shelter with her, but once outside, she hid in the bushes. Her boyfriend fled before police arrived on the scene.

The girl told police her boyfriend had assaulted her and kept her in an apartment for about a half-hour against her will before she escaped and sought refuge at the shelter.

Officers found the boyfriend shortly after 8:30 p.m. They charged him with trespassing, fourth-degree domestic-violence assault, two counts of fourth-degree assault. They lodged him at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Each is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

Charges possible for alleged threats

JUNEAU - Juneau police have completed their investigation into an incident that led to the state ferry Malaspina being evacuated Saturday night, but no charges have been filed.

Police Capt. Tom Porter said state prosecutors will review the information when considering felony charges of terroristic threatening for a 20-year-old Oregon man who allegedly was overheard making statements about blowing up the ferry.

Police did not identify the man, but reported they questioned him at the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal before he was allowed to reboard the ferry and complete his trip.

No explosives were found and no one was injured. Police received information that someone overheard the man saying in Haines that he would blow up the Malaspina if he could not load his disabled Plymouth Neon onto the ferry.

In Juneau, the ferry's passengers were evacuated and the vehicles on board were searched. Police reported that the man denied threatening to blow up the ship and said he had no explosives.

Man reports robbery

JUNEAU - A 20-year-old man Juneau police said appeared drunk reported Monday night that he was robbed by people he was drinking with near a trail along Jordan Creek.

The man said he had come to Juneau looking for work from his home in Washington state, arriving by plane earlier in the day. He said he met two men in their early 20s at a bus stop behind Nugget Mall, and after the three purchased alcohol, several others joined them.

Talking with officers shortly before midnight, he said everyone left the group except for the two men he originally met, and they demanded his money. They pushed him down and kicked him in the head and body, he said.

The man, who police said had minor head injuries, said he gave the men the money he was carrying, about $400, and they left the area, possibly on BMX-style bicycles.

Capital City Fire and Rescue took the man from a house where he had sought help to Bartlett Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Officers reported they have information about the people involved.

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