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Press Release

Anchorage Man Indicted for August Machete Attack

October 21, 2016

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) On Wednesday, October 20, 2016, 19 year old Jonathan Anaruk was indicted by the Anchorage grand jury for attempted murder in the first degree, an unclassified felony offense. The indictment stems from an incident that occurred near Valley of the Moon Park on August 18, 2016.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on August 18, 2016, officers from the Anchorage Police Department responded to an incident involving a machete near 19th Avenue and C Street. Officers made contact with a young woman covered in blood. Officers immediately provided first aid to the woman and observed deep cuts to her shoulder and hand and multiple cuts to her head. Medics arrived and transported her to Providence Alaska Medical Center where she recovered from her injuries.

Several witnesses provided information to the Anchorage Police which led to the identification of Anaruk as a suspect and the alleged victim as his “ex.” Anchorage Police obtained an arrest warrant for Anaruk on August 18, 2016 but Anaruk was not arrested on the warrant until September 19, 2016. Anaruk has remained in the custody of the Department of Corrections since his arrest. He is being held on $25,000 cash bail and he must have a court approved third party custodian prior to his release.

Anaruk was indicted on one count of attempted murder in the first degree, one count of assault in the first degree, one count of assault in the second degree and two counts of assault in the third degree. The District Attorney’s Office also charged Anaruk with one count of assault in the fourth degree and one count of theft in the third degree.

Anaruk faces a presumptive sentence of five to 99 years in prison if convicted of attempted murder in the first degree. A defendant’s sentence is determined by the judge who must consider the circumstances of the offense, the impact on the victims and the community, and the potential for rehabilitation of the defendant.

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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