Woman accused of attacking man with cane in Spenard assault
The woman Anchorage police accuse of severely wounding a man in Spenard was seen on surveillance video swinging a cane at him, according to charging documents in the case.
Norma Kashatok, 32, was arrested Monday on a first-degree assault charge in the Saturday case. The victim, police said, suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack.
At an afternoon arraignment, Kashatok didn’t enter a plea. A public defender was appointed to represent her.
An affidavit in the case against Kashatok, filed by Anchorage Police Department Detective Jade Baker, says the victim was found lying in bloodied snow at the Penguin Trailer Court at 3407 Spenard Road. After the attack, he had “lost a lot of blood and was intubated and breathing with the assistance of a ventilator.”
One resident of the trailer park told police she received a call from a friend at about midnight Saturday, asking for a ride from a downtown bar to his home. When they arrived, they found Kashatok and the victim in one of the bedrooms, then drank until they fell asleep. The resident’s friend told police that when he went to sleep, the victim hadn’t suffered any head injuries.
The resident had also recorded a video of Kashatok and the victim following the attack shortly after 3 a.m., just before the resident called medics at about 3:30 a.m.
“[The victim] looks to be either extremely intoxicated and/or struggling from a head injury,” Baker wrote. “[He] has two very large lacerations to his scalp/forehead area above his left eye that are actively bleeding. [He] can be seen tending to his injuries over the sink. Kashatok makes a statement in the video that suggests that [he] had been attacked by a third party.”
A woman who lived in the park and got home at about 4 a.m. Saturday said she saw an Alaska Native woman wearing dark clothing, who “walked with a cane,” leaving the trailer park and walking south along Spenard Road.
Baker said surveillance video from the trailer park, recorded at 2:55 a.m. Saturday, showed two figures entering view from the direction of the trailer where the drinking had taken place.
“The first subject is in front and walking with a cane, the second figure is walking behind the first subject and is wearing lighter clothing,” Baker wrote. “Both subjects appear to be intoxicated because they are stumbling and swaying as they walk.”
About 15 seconds later, according to Baker, the person in lighter-colored clothes “stops moving around and withdraws from the darker dressed subject.”
“The two figures continue to walk towards the camera until the lighter subject stops and bends down,” Baker wrote. “There is a dark area in the snow that appears after the suspect stops walking and bends down.”
A sharper display of the video, Baker said, “was clear enough to visualize what looked like the walking cane being swung around during the confrontation.”
At a Monday arraignment, Kashatok was held on a total of $23,000 bail. If she is released, she will be placed under Pretrial Enforcement Division supervision and house arrest, with a judge ordering that she have no contact with the victim.
Kevin Kelleher contributed information to this story.
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