Injured man arrested after badly hurting girlfriend, troopers say

A Nikiski man faces an attempted murder charge after severely wounding his girlfriend late Thursday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The woman called 911 about 8:30 p.m. Thursday after Joshua Saunders, 33, assaulted her at their apartment on North Miller Loop, troopers said in a written statement. Troopers went to the apartment to talk to her.

“She stated that Saunders had hit and strangled her and was downstairs in the apartment building. The victim had an extensive amount of blood on her clothing and was holding a bloody rag to her face,” the troopers’ statement says.

Medics took the woman to a hospital. Troopers went downstairs to look for Saunders, who had apparently fled through a basement window. They found him half a mile away in the woods, troopers said.

“Saunders was holding a knife, had cut himself on the arms numerous times, and refused to put the knife down,” the statement says. “After approximately 45 minutes of negotiations with Saunders he threw the knife into the woods and was taken into custody without injury to anyone else.”

Saunders received medical treatment for his injuries and was booked in jail on an attempted murder charge, troopers said.

Anchorage Daily News