Crime & Courts

Man stabbed in back trying to break up after-hours fight in South Anchorage parking lot, police say

A man who tried to break up an after-hours fight outside a South Anchorage bar and restaurant was stabbed in the back early Saturday, police said. He was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening wound, police said.

Police were called to the Asia Garden in the 7800 block of the Old Seward Highway just before 3 a.m. "in reference to a shooting," police said in a post Saturday morning.

"Initial indications are that two groups of intoxicated individuals got into a verbal altercation with each other that turned physical," police said in the statement. "It started in the doorway of the restaurant but then spilled out into the parking lot. Approximately 5-6 people were actively involved in the physical fighting part of it when an uninvolved adult male stepped in and attempted to break up the fight. One of the males involved in the melee stabbed the man in the back who was trying to end it."

The man was hospitalized with a non-life-threatening injury, police said. No one else was seriously injured, police said.

Police said they weren't able to verify that a gun was involved.

The two groups fighting did not appear to know each other before the fight, police wrote.

Police weren't releasing any suspect information, and said no charges had been filed as of Saturday morning.

They're asking anyone with information to call 786-8900 or to contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or online at