A man accused of fatally stabbing his brother during a drunken argument early Monday in Fairbanks has been arrested on manslaughter charges.

Dustin Charley, 18, has been held in the death of 29-year-old Jonathan Matthew Titus, according to a statement from Fairbanks police.

FPD officers had first responded at about 5:45 a.m. Monday to the stabbing at MLH Manor on Seventh Avenue.

Police said Titus had been drinking overnight and asked Charley to make him a drink during the evening. After Charley did so, he went to bed.

“Titus awoke approximately five hours later and got involved in a pushing match with Charley,” police wrote. “They separated themselves and Charley went back to his sleeping area.”

Titus requested and received a second drink from Charley, who again went to bed. Afterward, however, Titus began banging on the wall and forcing his way into Charley’s room.

“Charley stated he was scared of the way Titus was behaving and armed himself with a small knife,” police wrote. “Titus once again forced the door open and was standing at the threshold of the room when Charley charged Titus and stabbed him. Charley went into the living room and called 911.”

Medics took Titus to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead about an hour later. Charley was held at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Anyone with further information on the fatal stabbing is urged to contact FPD Detective Avery Thompson, either by email or by phone at 907-450-6550.

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