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Police looking for suspect after assault

Police are still looking for a Ketchikan man who allegedly assaulted another man with his fists and then struck the man with a vehicle.

22-year-old Thomas Mathews also allegedly threatened the victim with a knife. Deputy Police Chief Josh Dossett describes the incident that occurred Tuesday around 1:30 in the afternoon.

“Mathews went to the residence that he had shared for some time with an ex-girlfriend. They had recently split up. There was another gentleman there with the female outside the residence. He assaulted the victim. Neighbors came out and broke up the fight. Mr. Mathews began leaving once the victim was up off the ground. The victim followed him down the stairs. Mathews threatened him with a knife, then continued down to his vehicle. The victim was on the street yelling at Mathews when Mathews got in his car, accelerated, spun around, and then struck the victim with his vehicle.”

Dossett says the male victim did receive some injuries and was examined by fire department EMT’s but refused transportation to the hospital.
Dossett says police located the green 1995 Jeep Cherokee Mathews was driving at a Forest Park residence Mathews had been staying at. Dossett does not believe Mathews is a threat to others.

“This obviously came out of a domestic situation. I don’t believe he’s out there to harm other people. It was between him, his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. At this point, he has done some serious things and we’re hoping to locate him fairly quickly and take him into custody.”

As of 4:00 pm Thursday, Mathews had not been apprehended. There is a $50,000 warrant for his arrest.

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