A Kwethluk man armed with knives stands accused of trying to steal alcohol in the Bethel-area village last weekend, then confronting tribal police who responded.
An Alaska State Trooper dispatch said Marvin Nicori, 26, is charged with attempted burglary plus six counts of third-degree and fourth-degree assault in the Saturday incident.

Trooper Joshua Rallo, writing in a criminal complaint against Nicori, said troopers were informed of the call late Saturday and responded early Sunday. Nicori had been intoxicated when he visited and left a nearby home where he had reportedly left bottles of whiskey.

The home’s two occupants told troopers Nicori returned and tried to break into the home, kicking at doors and breaking a previously damaged window. The people inside the home were able to keep Nicori out, they said, but he seized two girls on the street in a bear hug and demanded to be let in.

Nicori freed the women, Rallo wrote, before two tribal police officers responded to the scene.

“Marvin Nicori brandished two knives, one in each hand and held them out toward the (tribal officers) while telling them that he was crazy,” Rallo wrote. “Both (officers) thought that Marvin was going to stab them. Marvin eventually turned and walked away telling the TPOs he was going home. The (officers) did not attempt to stop Marvin due to being afraid of being stabbed.”

Troopers said Nicori had recently been released back to Kwethluk on felony probation, after pleading guilty in a 2010 Bethel sexual assault. Court records showed he was held at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel, where he was set to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.