Anchorage police have arrested a man after a Friday morning fight in a parking garage near the Alaska Native Medical Center, which left another man involved in worsening condition.

Karl Lamont, 31, was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of first-degree and second-degree assault, according to an updated police statement.

"Alcohol is believed to be a factor in this investigation," police wrote.

Police said in an initial statement that a report of the encounter, in a stairwell of the garage on the Alaska Native Medical Campus at 4501 Diplomacy Drive, came in at about 7 a.m.

“One (man) was transported to a local hospital with injuries to the upper body,” police wrote. “One was treated at the scene and transported to headquarters to be questioned by detectives.”

According to APD spokesman MJ Thim, both Lamont and the victim are homeless. The two men knew each other, and had been in the area near the garage before entering the garage.

The hospitalized man’s condition was considered “life-threatening” by Friday afternoon.

APD's Crime Scene Team was responding to the garage to gather evidence.

“This is an assault investigation,” police wrote. “It is unknown at this time if any weapons were involved.”

Scott Jensen and Nicholas Swann contributed information to this story.

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