APD officer, woman stabbed during altercation at Carrs supermarket
Last updated at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9
Armando Walker was arraigned in an Anchorage Thursday on charges related to his outstanding warrant, as well as Wednesday’s event in which an Anchorage police officer was injured.
His bail was set at $15,000 for the outstanding assault, criminal mischief charges. He was charged Wednesday with first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault with a weapon for the altercation at the Carrs-Safeway store.
Walker’s bail was set at $200,000 for the most recent charges.
An Anchorage police officer was stabbed early Wednesday morning during an altercation with a man officers were attempting to subdue.
In a release sent shortly after the incident, the Anchorage Police Department wrote that they were called to the Northern Lights Boulevard Carrs-Safeway store just after midnight after an employee called to report a disturbance between a man and woman.
“The employee reported there was a disturbance between a male and female inside the store that became physical and the male was dragging the female outside,” according to an affidavit by APD detective Scott Niwa. “The caller also reported the male was saying he wanted to kill the female and he didn’t care who he killed because ‘he has nothing to lose.’”
Witnesses told police the man, identified as 26-year-old Armando Walker, was pushing the woman toward an exit but she seemed scared and resisted him, according to Niwa’s report.
“One of the witnesses overheard the male tell the female that she was putting everyone’s lives in jeopardy,” he wrote.
Niwa stated that Walker stopped trying to force her outside after someone said the police were on the way.
At a brief mid-morning press conference, APD Capt. Ken McCoy said when officers arrived and moved in on Walker, he began moving his hands inside of his jacket. According to McCoy, officers thought he might be armed. He was instructed to move his hands out of his pockets, which he did, but was combative.
“A citizen actually attempted to help the officers subdue him,” McCoy said. “The male was so violent and combative, they were unable to get him under control.”
Police used a Taser on Walker twice, but he continued to fight until additional officers arrived and assisted.
After the man was arrested, an officer — identified in charging documents as Christopher Zenyuch — discovered he was injured. Niwa wrote that Zenyuch had suffered a laceration to his hand and had a stab wound under his left armpit that was about 3 inches deep.
APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad confirmed that Zenyuch was a field training officer who recently graduated from the police academy. She said he is recovering at home after he was released from the hospital later in the day.
The female victim had also been stabbed during the incident, but it wasn’t discovered until she was taken to a police station for an interview, Niwa noted. She was immediately taken to a hospital, where she was treated for a stab wound under her armpit that punctured her lung and led to arterial bleeding.
At the press conference, McCoy said she was had undergone surgery to treat her injuries.
Niwa said the victim was able to tell police that the incident began when she went to her vehicle in the parking lot after shopping alone in the store. Walker showed up at her vehicle and got in, but she told police she didn’t want to go with him.
“She went back into the store to gain refuge, safety among the store employees,” Tolley explained at the press conference.
At the time of the incident, Walker was wanted on warrants for criminal mischief and assault. Wednesday, he was booked at the Anchorage Correctional Complex for those charges. He now faces additional charges of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault with a weapon.
In his affidavit, Niwa noted Walker’s extensive criminal history, with multiple convictions related to assault, theft and resisting arrest with force.
“Each and every night most of our citizens go to bed and sleep safe in their homes, but the APD mid-shift officers are out on the street dealing with a select group of individuals,” Tolley said at the press conference. “This group of individuals are ones that are disturbed and struggling and do things that, quite candidly, put our community at risk. Fortunately, we have officers, fine men and women, who deal with these individuals. It’s unfortunate; these individuals only care about themselves. They don’t care about what kind of harm that they cause to others and, quite candidly, you know, the suspect is very fortunate that he didn’t get hurt more by being shot or something like this and that other measures weren’t taken to apprehend the suspect.”
KTVA 11’s Daniella Rivera, Shannon Riddle, Bonney Bowman and Megan Edge contributed to this report.
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