An Anchorage man repeatedly stabbed early Tuesday as he was delivering copies of Alaska’s largest newspaper continued on his route according to police, leaving investigators scrambling to learn more about what happened.

Word of “suspicious circumstances” first reached police at about 7 a.m. Tuesday from the 5300 block of East 4th Avenue, APD spokesman MJ Thim said in a statement. Officers were later able to speak with the carrier.

“The victim stated he was assaulted by three white males in the area of 4th Avenue and Capricorn Circle and then continued on his bike to deliver newspapers,” Thim wrote. “After he was finished, he returned home.”

The assault was first noticed by residents of an apartment building who reported that they had found bloodied newspapers and a blood trail Tuesday morning, according to police.

Thim declined to identify the newspaper, but the ADN confirmed in a story Wednesday morning that the carrier had been delivering copies of the Daily News.

A woman who posted on the Anchorage Scanner Joe Facebook page said residents had found a bloodied copy of Tuesday’s ADN and “a trail of blood to my front door.” An officer later told the poster that the carrier had suffered a concussion, but continued to deliver papers.

“The only reason we knew that a crime had been committed was the blood,” Thim said. “We got a hold of surveillance video from the apartment complex and determined that it was the newspaper-delivery person at about 3:30 in the morning, and he had blood all over him.”

After speaking with the newspaper, police and medics reached him at his home at about 8 a.m.

“Here we are, five hours later – we go to his residence, he answers the door, we clearly see that he’s injured,” Thim said. “He could not state how he was assaulted, or why he did not call 911; he never called 911.”

Medics took the man, who Thim said was initially thought to have been attacked by a dog, for treatment of his wounds.

“It wasn’t determined that they were stab wounds until he got to the hospital,” Thim said.

It wasn't clear whether anything had been stolen from the man during the stabbing, or whether any other motive was involved. Investigators were hoping to speak with him again Wednesday, as his recovery permitted.

Police urge anyone injured in an assault to immediately call for help, including both medical treatment and officers who can investigate.

“That’s one of our big questions is why he didn’t call 911 immediately,” Thim said.

Staff at the ADN's circulation department didn't immediately have comment on the incident Wednesday morning.

Anyone with information on the attack or surveillance video from early Tuesday of the area near 4th and Capricorn, is asked to call APD at 311. Tips can also be provided to Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.

Daniella Rivera contributed information to this story.

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