Utqiagvik man charged with stabbing girlfriend
An Utqiagvik stabbing victim, whom police say was severely wounded by her boyfriend, received help soon after the assault from the North Slope Borough’s mayor.
Kyrus Texiera, 21, was arrested on attempted-murder charges in the Thursday assault according to D.J. Fauske, Mayor Harry Brower’s director of governmental affairs.
Charging documents on the case weren’t available Tuesday from Utqiagvik court clerks, and borough police declined to release a statement on the stabbing.
Fauske said the assault occurred in Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow, between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday.
“According to pollce, she had several stab wounds from a pair of scissors,” Fauske said. “Both of them, according to the police I talked to, were heavily intoxicated.”
Fauske said the victim was walking on a local street when Brower happened across her.
“He was on his four-wheeler, was driving it a few blocks away from his house, saw this girl walking,” Fauske said. “She looked in discomfort or in distress, he just pulled over to talk with her – he just did what any good Samaritan would do, gave her a ride to the hospital not knowing the extent of her injuries.”
A borough aircraft flew the victim to Anchorage, according to Fauske, where she had been treated and released by midday Tuesday. Brower was traveling Tuesday, visiting Brazil for a meeting of the International Whaling Commission.
“People might say that he saved her life,” Fauske said.
Texiera was arraigned Saturday, according to court records. A statewide inmate database listed him in custody Tuesday afternoon at the Barrow Jail.
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