Juneau man arrested on felony assault charge involving glass bottle

Report stated victim 'had a fractured jaw,' 'injury to left eye'

Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2009

A 46-year-old man was arrested Thursday night after striking a 28-year-old man in the head multiple times with a glass bottle earlier that evening at a Mendenhall Valley home.

Lorenzo Jefferson was arrested on a felony assault charge and lodged in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

The Juneau Police Department was informed at about 9 p.m. Thursday that a man was at the Glory Hole homeless shelter downtown with "extensive injuries" to his head, according to a press release. Police and paramedics from Capital City Fire and Rescue located the 28-year-old Juneau resident. Police said the injuries were consistent with the man's story, according to an official statement.

The victim told police that he had been over at Jefferson's residence in the Mendenhall Valley when he was attacked.

"They got into an argument while they were watching a football game and he was struck several times in the face with a glass bottle," JPD spokesman Sgt. Dave Campbell said.

The argument didn't appear to involve the football game, he added.

"The argument was more over the war in Afghanistan," Campbell said.

Police interviewed Jefferson at his home on Stephen Richards Drive and he was subsequently arrested.

The victim, who was not identified, was brought to the Bartlett Regional Hospital emergency room for treatment. It could not be confirmed Friday if the victim was medevaced to Seattle for further medical treatment.

"The initial report was that he had a fractured jaw and an injury to his left eye," Campbell said.

Jefferson has an extensive court record with multiple arrests in both Petersburg and Juneau. He has been convicted multiple times for misdemeanor assault as well as disorderly conduct, domestic violence, misconduct involving weapons and harassment.

Jefferson is presently being held in the state prison with bail set at $50,000.

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

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