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Kotzebue man dies in stabbing that also left woman injured, police say

  • Author: Tess Williams
  • Updated: November 12
  • Published November 12

A 33-year-old Kotzebue man died and a woman was injured after they were stabbed multiple times at their home this week, police said.

Kotzebue police were called to the 160 block of Lagoon Street around 5 p.m. Tuesday and found a woman and a man bleeding outside, according to a charging document written by Sgt. Norman Hughes II. John Clarion Dowai told officers that his brother, 32-year-old John Jake Tagud Dowai, had stabbed him, the charges said.

Both victims were taken to the Maniilaq Health Center for treatment. John C. Dowai had seven stab wounds and was in critical condition, and he died that night while crews were attempting to medivac him to Anchorage, according to the charges. The woman was stabbed eight times and taken to an Anchorage hospital, the charges said.

The woman told police that she and John C. Dowai were sitting in the living room when John J. Dowai came from the kitchen with a knife and began attacking his brother, the charges said. The woman ran to the bedroom and said John J. Dowai broke down the door and began to stab her, according to the charges. The woman escaped when he went to his bedroom, the charges said.

Police arrested John J. Dowai in the home Tuesday, and officers said a large hunting knife with what appeared to be blood on it was found in the home. He is facing charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder, criminally negligent homicide, assault in the first and second degrees and tampering with evidence.