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Press Release

Anchorage Man Indicted for Felony Assault in Connection with September Barricade

October 12, 2016

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 29 year old Joseph Szajkowski was indicted by the Anchorage grand jury for assault with a deadly weapon on his girlfriend, a class C felony. The indictment stems from an incident on September 22, 2016 in South Anchorage. In response to a 911 call from the alleged victim’s father, the Anchorage Police Department responded to Szajkowski’s residence at approximately
3:30 a.m.

Dozens of officers from the Anchorage Police Department, including crisis negotiators, as well as agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation engaged in negotiations with Szajkowski until he surrendered at approximately 3:45 pm on September 22.

Szajkowski faces a sentence of up to five years in prison for assault in the third degree. He faces a presumptive maximum sentence of 18 months with 18 months suspended if convicted. Szajkowski was also charged with one count of assault in the fourth degree, a class A misdemeanor. He could be sentenced to up to one year in prison for assault in the fourth degree. Szajkowski is expected to be arraigned in Superior Court in Anchorage on
Friday, October 14, 2016.

Szajkowski was charged by the Alaska State Troopers in Palmer on Friday, October 7, 2016 with three felony offenses. The Palmer District Attorney’s Office is evaluating those charges for presentation to the Palmer grand jury. Szajkowski is being held on a $5000 cash performance bond. He cannot be released from custody unless the court approves a third party custodian.

The charge in the indictment is only an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or

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