Man stabbed at Midtown dog park
A late-night dispute between two men at a Midtown dog park last week ended with one of them stabbed, Anchorage police said, and the other taken into custody.
Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said Lionel McMorris, 56, was charged with first-degree assault in the Aug. 10 incident at the West 31st Avenue dog park, along Arctic Boulevard just south of Benson Boulevard. McMorris had been “sitting on a park bench and drinking” when the victim walked up to him.
“McMorris called the victim a name, (and) the victim punched McMorris in response,” Oistad wrote in an email. “McMorris, who had a knife in his hand, swung at the victim resulting in a stab wound to the victim’s chest.”
Police responded to the stabbing at about 10 p.m. that evening. The victim, whose injuries weren’t life-threatening, was taken to a hospital; McMorris was arrested at the scene.
A charging document in the case listed an extensive Alaska criminal record for McMorris, including prior convictions for assault, resisting an officer and criminal trespass.
McMorris was taken to the Anchorage Jail, where he was arraigned Friday and held on a total of $20,000 bail with a court-approved third-party custodian required for his release. He remained in custody this week, according to a statewide inmate database.