A 24-year-old Juneau man was arrested early Sunday morning after reportedly sexually assaulting a woman, and shooting a dry-chemical fire extinguisher into the face of her female friend, in the kitchen of a downtown business sometime around closing time.
Lyonel Fenumiai was placed under arrest for second-degree sexual assault, third-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief, according to police. All three charges are felonies. Fenumiai was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.
The woman and her friend, both adults, were treated at the Bartlett Regional Hospital emergency room after reporting the crime at 4 a.m. at the Juneau Police Department.
After police interviews, it was determined that Fenumiai confronted and sexually assaulted one of the women in the kitchen of a downtown establishment after it had closed. Fenumiai worked at the business, police Sgt. Steve D. Hernandez said. The two women did not, he said.
"We're not sure exactly when it happened," Hernandez said. "Right around the time of bar break."
Second-degree sexual assault means the attack did not include penetration.
The woman told her friend about the assault, and the friend went into the kitchen to retrieve a personal item. Fenumiai allegedly blasted a dry-chemical extinguisher into her face.
Fenumiai was later contacted at a Mendenhall Valley residence, where he was arrested.
Because the business was closed, police do not think there were more witnesses in the area. But the investigation continues.
"We don't want to close it out until we have determined that there aren't any other people we have to talk to in order to solidify the case."
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