A Sleetmute man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly struck a man with an ax.

Wednesday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers in Aniak received a report that a man — later identified as 25-year-old Kristopher Gregory — had assaulted and injured a 56-year-old man around 3 in the morning Wednesday, according to an online dispatch. The attack reportedly happened in the victim’s home.

Aniak troopers responded to the Kuskokwim River community in a state aircraft. An investigation found Gregory “physically assaulted an adult male with his fists and struck the victim on top of the head with an ax,” troopers wrote.

The 56-year-old said he was able to grab the ax is it came down, “which softened the blow” but still caused injuries, according to the dispatch. The man’s injuries are believed to be minor, said AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen.

Gergory was arrested for second-degree assault. He was taken to the Aniak jail and held pending arraignment.

Troopers say alcohol was a factor in the assault.

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