Man Arraigned for Assaulting APD Officers
Edward Thompson stabbed one police officer and attempted to stab another
ANCHORAGE – With the help of court security 47-year-old Edward Thompson made his way to the microphone to face Judge Bob Linton.
Thompson, who had both hands completely bandaged, said little, nervously swayed and looked at his feet while the judge asked routine questions.
He is being charged with one count of assault, two counts of attempted assault, one count of criminal mischief and one count of resisting arrest.
On Monday, officers responded to a disturbance off of 25th Avenue in Spenard. According to charging documents, Officers Fujimoto and Keays arrived shortly after and contacted Dorothy Knox and Thompson.
Thompson denied allegations of a disturbance and said they were only having a conversation. Knox countered that statement and said they never conversed and that she didn’t know Thompson.
During that time Thompson reached into the left side of his pocket. Fujimoto asked he keep his hands out of his pockets, but he refused and stuck both hands into his pockets. They then attempted to pat him down and search for weapons, but Thompson pulled away.
The two officers and Thompson began to struggle and the suspect pulled a knife and began to stab Fujimoto in the leg. He also attempted to stab Keays in the chest, but the knife was not able to penetrate the officer’s safety vest.
Thompson has a history of both federal and state offenses, from assault charges to alcohol related crimes.
Both officers were taken to the hospital and treated for injuries. Thompson sustained a broken hand and left pinky finger.
He will be back in court for a pre-indictment hearing June 21 and is being held on $100,000 bail, plus a third party custodian.