Man convicted of stabbing APD officer in 2012
A jury has found a man guilty of stabbing one APD officer and trying to wound two others during a Spenard altercation nearly seven years ago.
Tuesday’s verdict, convicting 54-year-old Edward Thompson of first-degree assault and two counts of attempted first-degree assault, was announced by Anchorage District Attorney John Novak’s office. According to a statement, Thompson was in a parking lot when he drew a folding knife on officers responding to a disturbance on the 1000 block of West 25th Avenue.
Anchorage police said in a statement at the time of Thompson’s June 18, 2012 arrest that Officers Keo Fujimoto and Nathan Keays had responded to the call just after 2 a.m. They were conducting a pat-down search on Thompson when he turned around and removed the knife from his pocket.
“In the ensuing struggle for control of the weapon, Thompson stabbed [Officer] Fujimoto in the leg, and wounded him on his forehead with the edged weapon,” police wrote. “[Officer] Fujimoto also received multiple abrasions. [Officer] Keays' external vest carrier was sliced near his neck by the knife-wielding suspect.”
Police said Thompson wasn’t brought under control until a third officer, George Vrablik, struck him with a baton and forced him to drop the knife. Fujimoto received stitches to close his leg wound, while Thompson was treated for a hand broken by the baton blow.
“The treating surgeon testified that Officer Fujimoto was very lucky given the seriousness of the conduct and the injury,” staff in Novak’s office wrote.
Superior Court Judge Kevin Saxby, who oversaw the case according to Novak, is set to sentence Thompson on Aug. 30. He faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, a $450,000 fine or both.
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