Crime & Courts

Stabbing at downtown Anchorage bar sends man to hospital

A man was critically injured in a stabbing early Saturday morning at a downtown bar, according to Anchorage police.

Police said they responded to the Gaslight Lounge around 2 a.m. Saturday for reports of an assault. A man with at least one stab wound to his upper body was taken to the hospital with injuries that the police department described in an online statement as life-threatening.

The male victim, who has not yet been publicly identified, appeared to have been involved in a physical fight with at least one other person at the bar when the stabbing happened, police said.

Police questioned several people at the bar, which is located on Fourth Avenue across the street from Anchorage Police Department headquarters. Later Saturday morning, police wrote in an update that they had arrested, on suspicion of first-degree assault, a 48-year-old man who they believe may be responsible for the stabbing. He was remanded at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, police said.

“The reason for the initial altercation is under investigation. This is believed to be an isolated incident and there is no public safety threat,” police wrote.