Man held for attempted murder in crowbar beating
A man is accused of attacking and seriously injuring another man Wednesday night in the Western Alaska village of Chuathbaluk, Alaska State Troopers said.
Carl Nesbit, 58, was charged with attempted murder and first-degree assault according to an online dispatch.
Troopers said a report of the attack came in just after 10:45 p.m. Wednesday from a former health aide, who said she was treating a 54-year-old man for serious injuries.
Troopers responded to the Kuskokwim River community of about 120 people near Aniak, where they say an investigation showed that “Carl picked up a crowbar and started hitting [the victim] with it several times.”
An affidavit in the case, filed by Trooper Melvin Colley, said the victim had to be medevaced from Chuathbaluk for head and back injuries. A search of Nesbit’s home found a bloodied 3-foot-long crowbar near his bed.
Troopers spoke with Nesbit, who had a breath alcohol content of .226 just before 12:15 p.m. Nesbit said he and the victim were “old friends,” and that they had been drinking R&R whiskey when he told the other man to leave. When he refused to go, Nesbit tried to force him out.
“[The victim] resisted being forced outside of the house and Carl started to think and feel that [he] was going to try and kill him when he went to sleep (Carl was unable to explain why he thought this besides being paranoid when drunk),” Colley wrote. “Carl then commenced to striking and poking [the victim] with the crowbar about 10 times.”
Nesbit was taken by troopers to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center.
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