Togiak student arrested after knocking out peer in school bathroom

thanlon@adn.comDecember 5, 2013 

Alaska State Troopers arrested an 18-year-old student Tuesday after he knocked out a 16-year-old boy in a Togiak School bathroom, according to court documents.

The criminal complaint, written by Trooper John Williamson, said that Jaron Wassillie approached the boy in the bathroom Monday and accused him of "making derogatory statements about him in town." When the boy tried to get away, Wassillie pushed him and hit him in the face with his fist, according to the complaint.

The boy told Williamson from the emergency room at Kanakanak Hospital in Dillngham that he remembered falling down and "he didn't remember anything until he woke on the bathroom floor with his blood all around," the complaint said. He reported his injury to school officials and was later medevaced from the Togiak Clinic to Dillingham with several broken bones in his face and a concussion, according to the complaint.

Williamson said in the complaint that he observed multiple injuries on the boy including "intensive swelling next to the left eye and bleeding from the eye socket."

Wassillie faces a second-degree assault charge, Troopers said. His hearing began in the Dillingham Courthouse Wednesday.

Reach Tegan Hanlon at or 257-4589.

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