Troopers: Akiak man assaulted girlfriend, tribal officer
An Akiak man is being held in Bethel, after Alaska State Troopers say he assaulted two people -- including a tribal police officer just before he was taken into custody.
The events that led to 26-year-old Dennis Pete’s arrest began Sunday, according to an online dispatch, when troopers were told that he had assaulted his girlfriend at his home in Akiak, a community of nearly 400 people about 40 miles northeast of Bethel.
“Further investigation revealed that after drinking alcohol, Dennis had punched his girlfriend repeatedly over the course of a few hours the previous night,” troopers wrote. “Dennis had also strangled her.”
Troopers obtained an arrest warrant on first-degree and third-degree assault charges for Pete, who had left the area when they arrived. Tribal police officers caught up with him in the village on Tuesday, troopers said, when they found him “hiding in an attic.”
“Dennis attempted to run from the tribal police officers a number of times, struggled to get away from officers and attempted to strike one of the officers in the face with his head,” troopers wrote.
Pete was taken into custody on the warrant, plus additional charges of fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest. He was taken to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel, where he remained in custody Saturday according to a statewide inmate database.
Court records show a public defender was appointed for Pete at a Wednesday arraignment in Bethel.