Anchorage police say a stabbing at a Spenard apartment building Thursday morning sent a 71-year-old man to the hospital in critical condition.
Officers arrested Khonephet Lavivong, 40, and charged him with first-degree assault in the case, police said.
It was just after 8 a.m. when Lavivong allegedly attacked Boutao Singmanyphet, 71, police said. Lavivong stabbed Singmanyphet in the smoking area of an apartment building where they both lived at 1627 W. 32nd Ave., police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker said.
A man called 911 because Singmanyphet, his brother and neighbor in the building, came to his door with a gashed stomach, Parker said. Medics rushed him to a hospital, and officers arrested Lavivong about 8:30 a.m., Parker said.
So far, it's unclear what happened to provoke the stabbing, the police spokesman said. Singmanyphet has not yet been able to communicate with investigators, he said.
"That, we don't know at this point," Parker said. "They're going to need to be able to talk to him. That would require him to be physically able to talk to them. And we're going to need a translator, because it doesn't sound like he speaks a lot of English."
Police notified nearby Aquarian Charter School of the stabbing, Parker said.
Lavivong is set to appear in court on the assault charge Friday afternoon.
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By CASEY GROVE