Two men have been charged with attempted murder in an inmate-on-inmate assault last winter at the Anchorage Jail, which left the victim severely wounded.

Alex Bender, 28, and Derreck Muasau, 23, were also indicted Aug. 14 on counts of first-degree and second-degree assault in the Jan. 12 attack at the Anchorage Jail, according to state officials and charging documents.

Alaska Department of Corrections spokeswoman Megan Edge said the victim – a 53-year-old man KTVA is not identifying as the victim of a crime – suffered serious injuries in the assault. He was treated at a local hospital, then returned to custody on Jan. 16.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the incident, Edge said.

Neither AST spokeswoman Megan Peters nor Assistant District Attorney Patrick McKay, who is handling the case, were able to discuss the circumstances of the assault this week citing the continuing investigation.

Investigations of inmate assaults can take longer, Peters said, due to their unique circumstances.

“One of the merits about cases that happens in institutions is that they’re contained,” Peters said. “That doesn’t mean everyone’s being cooperative.”

Both Bender and Muasau have been arrested by Anchorage police in high-profile cases. Bender is accused of repeatedly stabbing a man at a Spenard hotel in a Nov. 9 assault case, while Muasau was held after allegedly slamming a stolen Honda Accord into another vehicle and multiple street signs during a May 23 chase.

Edge said that Bender and Muasau had arrived at the jail on Nov. 19 and Jan. 3 respectively. Bender remains at the jail, while Muasau has been transferred to the Goose Creek Correctional Center.

The victim, who had been held on a parole violation on Dec. 5, was released on mandatory parole on May 7.

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