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Troopers: Man linked to Valley stabbing arrested after he steals SUV

A Big Lake man wanted in connection with a stabbing late Sunday was arrested Wednesday after he stole a car in Wasilla, Alaska State Troopers said.

Wasilla police arrested Zackery R. Cornelius-Vincent, 23, after a resident reported a maroon Ford Explorer stolen late Wednesday night, according to a troopers update posted Thursday morning. The Explorer was locked and without keys in it.

Wasilla police saw the Ford and tried to stop the driver just after 11 p.m. but he didn't initially pull over and then fled on foot in the area of Cottle Loop, troopers said.

Troopers helped set up a perimeter and a Wasilla police dog found Cornelius-Vincent, who was taken into custody. He was charged with first-degree vehicle theft, crimes related to the police pursuit, and two outstanding warrants.

Late Sunday, troopers said, they encountered Cornelius-Vincent leaving the scene of a stabbing off Sylvan and Hollywood roads just outside Wasilla. He initially refused to identify himself and matched the description of the stabbing suspect.

When other troopers arrived to help, Cornelius-Vincent accelerated away, "nearly crushing" a trooper between his car and a patrol vehicle, troopers said. He crashed off the east end of Hollywood Road after a brief pursuit at speeds over 100 mph, and fled on foot.

A 24-year-old Houston man now considered the stabbing suspect remains at large, troopers said. Kableb-Colton M. Johnson is wanted on a second-degree assault warrant.

The victim was treated and released at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, troopers said in an update Wednesday.

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