Crime & Courts

Man taken into custody after 12-hour standoff in Midtown Anchorage

Anchorage police arrested a man accused of assaulting a woman Thursday following a 12-hour standoff in Midtown.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Castro, a woman reported at 3:30 a.m. her adult daughter's "significant other" had assaulted the daughter and threatened her with weapons at a home on the 2900 block of Misty Springs Court, off Dowling Road near Lake Otis Parkway.

Responding officers surrounded the home, where the suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Joseph Szajkowski, kept the daughter from leaving before she was able to escape, police said.

Police evacuated nearby homes as they continued to negotiate with Szajkowski Thursday and the standoff stretched into the afternoon. It wasn't until officers broke through the home's front door around 3 p.m. that Szajkowski surrendered peacefully, police said.

The suspect and responding police officers were uninjured, police said. Castro said the daughter was injured but wasn't hospitalized. "She refused medics at the scene," Castro said.

Szajkowski faces one charge each of third- and fourth-degree assault, as well as a felony charge of kidnapping.

Word of the standoff came as officers remained at a home on Ginami Drive on Anchorage's Hillside, where a man reportedly fired on a tree-trimming crew Wednesday morning before shooting police that afternoon.

Two officers were injured in Thursday gunfire at that scene, and police continued trying to resolve that standoff.