Man arrested after downtown Anchorage stabbing

Tegan Hanlon
Bill Roth

Police arrested a 21-year-old man after a stabbing Tuesday night in downtown Anchorage, a spokesman said.

Police received multiple calls at 8:52 p.m. reporting a man, later identified as Rudy Thomas, Jr., running after people with a knife near the Westmark Hotel at 720 W. 5th Ave., said Anita Shell, police spokeswoman.

When police responded they discovered a man with a stab wound to the head in front of Darwin's Theory, a bar at 426 G. Street, at 8:56 p.m., Shell said. His injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

The man said he had left the bar to smoke a cigarette outside when he was approached by a a man who asked him for a cigarette and then stabbed him in the head, according to the charging document.

The sounds of the man screaming about a man with a knife carried down to the Glacier Brewhouse and were heard by a cook outside on a smoke break, the charging document said. He ran toward the noise and saw Thomas stabbing the man, it said. The cook grabbed the knife and noticed the blade was missing. He held down Thomas until the police arrived, the charging document said.

Police found the injured man on the sidewalk bleeding from the head, the charging document said. He was taken to the hospital, where it was reported that the blade of a knife was embedded between his skin and skull, it said. Police said the injury was not life-threatening.

Thomas was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree assault and seven counts of third-degree assault, she said.

Thomas's address was listed as the Brother Francis Shelter, Castro said. He had a blood-alcohol level of .20, she said.

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