Alaska State Troopers arrested a 17-year-old man Tuesday suspected of severely assaulting a 25-year-old Soldotna man found in a vehicle in a ditch last week in Sterling.
The victim was found in a 1995 Isuzu Rodeo in a ditch alongside Bing’s Landing Road early in the morning on March 9 and was taken to Central Peninsula General Hospital by Central Emergency Services.
The man had been assaulted several hours prior to being found and sustained severe head injuries, including a broken jaw, said Sgt. Dan Donaldson of troopers.
The 17-year-old Soldotna juvenile arrested on Tuesday was formally charged with second-degree assault, Donaldson said.
Troopers do not believe anyone other than the 17-year-old Soldotna juvenile participated in the assault, but are continuing an investigation into whether other people may have been present when the assault occurred or otherwise involved, Donaldson said. Troopers said the assault occurred in a building in Soldotna, but said they could not release any further details about the location.
The Isuzu was not damaged, not owned by the victim and troopers have not yet confirmed whether it was in driven into the ditch by the victim.
The Isuzu did not collide with anything as it entered the ditch and the victim’s injuries did not result from any such collision, Donaldson said.
The victim has received treatment at CPGH and at a hospital in Anchorage and has since been released. The investigation into the assault is continuing.
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