Crime & Courts

Police release few details in fatal stabbing of teen at Wasilla movie theater

Wasilla police on Monday provided no additional information as their investigation continued into a fatal stabbing involving teenagers inside a movie theater last week.

One teen was stabbed during a fight involving multiple teenagers inside a Valley Cinema theater on Friday evening, police said over the weekend. The teen was transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center for emergency treatment and then flown to Providence Alaska Medical Center where they died, police said.

A spokeswoman for the Wasilla Police Department on Monday said that she could not provide any additional information or confirm if any arrests had been made in connection to the stabbing because the investigation was ongoing.

A person described by police as “the suspect” remained on scene and cooperated with officers, the department said in a written statement on Saturday.

The stabbing was being investigated as a homicide, but neither the suspect nor victim were identified because they are juveniles, the department said. Alaska state law automatically waives juveniles age 16 or older into adult court if they are facing an unclassified felony charge, including murder.

As of Monday, it wasn’t clear how old the suspect was or what, if any, charges had been filed.

The multiplex theater, located just south of Wasilla’s Walmart store, is part of the Oregon-based Coming Attractions Theaters chain. A theater manager did not immediately return a call for comment Monday.

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Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter focusing on breaking news and public safety. Before joining the ADN in 2019, she was a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. Contact her at