Anchorage police have arrested 33-year-old Gordon S. Samel III and charged him with attempted murder in connection with a stabbing reported at the 5th Avenue Mall Monday morning, according to a statement from the Anchorage Police Department.

The department responded to the mall at 10:13 in reference to a stabbing. "One male victim has been taken to the hospital; he is still alive," police wrote in an email. 

The man was still in the hospital as of late Monday afternoon, according to police.

A customer at Nordstrom told KTVA that mall employees were leaving the building quickly. 

In an emailed statement, police say the stabbing took place in or near the third floor sky bridge coffee shop. Police also say the stabber and victim knew each other, but the motive is still under investigation.

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Samel was arrested about 11:30 a.m., according to a statement from police. He is being held at the Anchorage jail.

Access to Nordstrom from the sky bridge was blocked by about 11:30 a.m. A mall spokesperson said the store will be closed for the rest of Monday. 

A spokesperson for Nordstrom released a statement late Monday afternoon:

"There was a situation in our store earlier today in which one of our employees was injured. We’re partnering closely with the Anchorage Police Department as they investigate this incident and are working to ensure our employee has the support he needs. We’ve made the decision to close our store early and plan to reopen tomorrow. We apologize for any inconvenience."


"We are grateful for the swift response to this incident by our security team and the Anchorage Police Department. As this is a police matter, all further inquiries should be directed to the Anchorage Police Department," a spokesperson for the mall said in an email.

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