Man arrested in June stabbing of Kodiak officer

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A fugitive suspect in the stabbing of a Kodiak police officer last June has been arrested, Alaska State Troopers said.

Richard Bennett, 25, was taken into custody near Wasilla Tuesday evening. Troopers said Bennett was charged with assault and was being held on $100,000 bail.

Kodiak Police Sgt. Terry Ash was stabbed several times outside his home on June 6. He was off-duty at the time.

Troopers said the stabbing occurred when Ash confronted Bennett and two other men, Dexter Christensen, 21, and Joseph Hancock, 22.

Christensen and Hancock were arrested earlier. Hancock was released. Christensen, who is charged with attempted murder in the Kodiak case, is being held on other charges in Anchorage.

Bennett was found in a trailer near Wasilla. He was arrested there without incident.

Also arrested at the trailer were Djuna Davidson, 21, of Kodiak and Liberty Samples-Niesen, 23, of Wasilla. Both women are charged with hindering prosecution.

The two women are being held on $25,000 bail each.

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