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Man arrested in Ketchikan murder

Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2002

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- A 38-year-old man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the December beating death of a Ketchikan utility worker.

Brock G. Charles of Ketchikan was arrested Friday. He is accused of killing Gordon E. Rasnick, 50, late Christmas Eve or early Christmas Day.

Police Chief Grant Sirevog said Charles was being held at the Ketchikan Correctional Center on $250,000 bail.

Police said they tracked down an eyewitness in Juneau. The witness reportedly told officers that he and Charles had been drinking Christmas Eve at Charles' apartment and that Charles had argued with his girlfriend. Charles then allegedly left ''in a rage, stating he wanted to find somebody to fight,'' according to police.

The witness told police he and Charles were headed north into a downtown tunnel when Charles bumped shoulders with an older, smaller man. The witness said Charles began assaulting the man, according to police.

The witness said he walked away, but could hear the assault continuing. Rasnick, an employee of Ketchikan Public Utilities, was found dead Christmas Day on a wooden walkway near the tunnel and the entrance of his apartment.



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