Crime & Justice

Woman stabbed on Glenn Highway bike path

Anchorage police say a woman was stabbed Sunday after she refused to give her bag to a man who approached her on a bike path that parallels the busy Glenn Highway.

According to a release from Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad, the incident was reported to police around 3:15 p.m.

The woman said she had been walking alone on the bike path about a mile north of the D Street gate to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson when the man approached her.

"The man attempted to take the victim's bag, and when she resisted, he stabbed her once in the torso and then ran away on foot without taking anything," Oistad wrote.

The woman called a friend for help, who picked her up and delivered her to medics at the JBER gate. She was taken to an area hospital, treated and released.

The suspect was described by police only as "a black male of average height and build," wearing a gray sweatshirt and bluejeans. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call Anchorage police at 907-786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP.

Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson is a former writer and editor for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.