APD: Suspect identified in Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall food court stabbing
The man who Anchorage police say stabbed someone he knew at the Anchorage 5th Avenue mall on Sunday has been identified and charged.
Frankie Warner-Willhoit, 22, faces a charge of second degree assault. He was arrested and transported to jail, according to a release from the department.
Police say Willhoit was also arrested for an outstanding felony warrant.
An altercation at the Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall food court left two men injured Sunday evening.
Two Anchorage Police Department foot patrol officers were in the mall when they saw a man with an ax and swords, according to a release from the department. After he attempted to run away, the officers caught him and took him into custody.
The officers then heard a call from dispatch about a stabbing in the mall and realized they already had the man responsible in custody.
"Initial indications are that there were two adult males, who knew one another, who got into a verbal altercation in the mall’s food court," the release stated. "Mall security intervened and escorted one of the males (who later became the victim) off the property."
When the man returned, he got into another altercation with the suspect.
"The suspect male drew a knife and stabbed the victim one time in the upper body," the dispatch stated. "The victim was able to grab a sword from the suspect and swung it which caused a superficial wound on the suspect’s leg."
The men continued fighting on the third floor of the mall, where they eventually separated. Shortly after, APD foot patrol officers approached the suspect in the parking garage.
Police say the two men's wounds are not life-threatening and there were no other injuries. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
APD said the suspect's name and charges will be released on Monday.
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