Father, son arrested on assault charges in Kodiak

Devin Kelly

A man barricaded the door to a Kodiak residence to keep Alaska State Troopers from arresting his son, then assaulted the troopers after they gained entry, troopers said Saturday.

Troopers arrived at the residence seeking the son, William Yovino Jr,. in connection with a pair of disturbances Friday evening. The episode began about 7:15 p.m., when troopers in Kodiak were told that Yovino Jr. had broken the door at a residence and caused a disturbance, said Beth Ispen, troopers spokeswoman. By the time troopers arrived, Yovino had left, Ipsen said.

About four hours later, a woman told troopers that Yovino was at her home, and had been hitting her, Ipsen said. The woman also said that Yovino's father, William Yovino Sr., had intervened and allowed her to escape.

But when troopers arrived to arrest Yovino Jr., the elder Yovino barricaded the door and refused to let troopers inside, the dispatch said.

Troopers forced their way inside, and the elder Yovino continued to interfere, Ipsen said. The troopers were able to arrest Yovino Jr., but a struggle ensued with the father, and he was eventually taken into custody as well, Ipsen said. Both men were taken to Kodiak Jail.

Both troopers were injured during the arrests, one in the back and the other in the elbow, Ipsen said. They were treated at Providence Kodiak Island Hospital and released.

The trooper with the injured elbow was unable to work Saturday, Ipsen said.

Yovino Jr. is accused of criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct, troopers said. Yovino Sr. faces charges of hindering prosecution, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and third- and fourth-degree assault on a police officer.

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