Troopers: Man attacked Wasilla hitchhiker with a club

A Wasilla man faces a series of charges after allegedly getting out of a vehicle and attacking a hitchhiker with a club on Sunday, according to Alaska State Troopers. Investigators want to talk with any witnesses, troopers said.

The hitchhiker, who was not identified, was on Pittman Road about a half-mile north of the Parks Highway around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, troopers said in a written statement.

A vehicle pulled over and a passenger "got out and struck the victim with some kind of a club and then took the victim's backpack containing a laptop computer and cash," the troopers said

The hitchhiker, who reported the attack, sustained minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene, said troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen.

The suspect was later identified as Jonas Jensen, 25, troopers said. He was charged with robbery, theft, assault and weapons misconduct and was held at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility on $10,000 cash bail, troopers said.

Ipsen said the vehicle suspected to have been involved has been impounded and troopers have applied for a search warrant to examine it.

Witnesses are asked to contact Sgt. Michael Henry at the Alaska Bureau of Investigation at 745-2131 or call Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.



Anchorage Daily News /