Crime & Courts

Suspect sought in stabbing at Anchorage homeless shelter

Anchorage police said a suspect was at large Tuesday following an early-morning stabbing at a downtown homeless shelter that left one man injured.

Police received a report of the stabbing at Brother Francis Shelter, located along Third Avenue not far from downtown Anchorage, around 3 a.m. Tuesday. In a statement, police said the victim told them he was in the courtyard of the shelter when he confronted another man who was "cussing and insulting women in the area."

The victim told police he asked the man to stop.

"The suspect replied, 'Come over and make me.' When the victim walked over to the suspect, the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times in several areas of his body," police wrote in the Tuesday afternoon statement.

The suspect was described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, wearing a gray sweater and carrying a brown and gray backpack, police wrote. He reportedly left the area on foot.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment. His injuries were not life-threatening.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call police at 907-786-8900 or contact Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or online.

Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson is a former writer and editor for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.