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Emmonak man beat another to death during New Year’s argument, troopers say

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 5
  • Published January 5

A 27-year-old man is charged with second-degree murder in the beating of another man in Emmonak during an argument on New Year’s Day, Alaska State Troopers said.

Rudolf Waska and another man on Friday night went to the home of 39-year-old Brian Agwiak in hopes of finding alcohol, according to a charging document filed Monday by investigator Bret Ledford.

Inside the home, Waska told troopers, he began to argue with Agwiak, according to the charges. The fight turned physical and Waska hit Agwiak until he was unconscious, Ledford wrote. Waska continued to assault Agwiak after he fell to the floor, and the charges said Waska then left the home.

Agwiak had been on the phone with a former girlfriend, who heard the assault begin around 8:30 p.m., according to the charges.

A family member reported to troopers around 3:30 a.m. Saturday that Agwiak had been found dead in the home, the charges said.

Waska is being held on $100,000 bail, according to an online report from troopers.