Galena teen charged in knife attack

Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A 17-year-old Galena teen allegedly stabbed two school mates with a hunting knife at a party in Galena early Monday morning.

Edwin R. Bifelt was charged with first-degree assault and fourth-degree assault for attacking one teen and injuring another who tried to intervene.

The teen who was attacked suffered five deep cuts to his head, face, neck and shoulder and several minor wounds, according to a criminal complaint filed with Galena police. The other victim received a small cut to his hand, the complaint said.

Alaska State Fish and Wildlife Protection Trooper Brett Gibbens said it took four hours to stitch up the 17-year-old boy's deep wounds.

''He was pretty carved up,'' Gibbens said.

The victim was treated at the local health clinic and released.

Gibbens said Bifelt and about eight other students were at a party at about 1 a.m. Monday when Bifelt became upset with one of the victims, produced a hunting knife and stabbed the other teen.

Galena Police Officer Merlin Ehlers and Gibbens went to the house where the party occurred and found Bifelt with the knife still clutched in his hand.

''He was fairly intoxicated and still agitated,'' Gibbens said. Bifelt was arrested and charged as an adult.

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