Three juveniles face charges related to an assault earlier this month that was severe enough it required an emergency flight to Seattle.

According to an announcement Thursday from the Ketchikan Police Department, the victim was brought to the emergency room at about 6 p.m. on April 8th. The man then was medivaced south for further treatment.

Witnesses identified a suspect, who they said had left the scene. Over the next couple of days, police report that officers attempted to locate the suspect. Family members then came forward with text messages from a 17-year-old boy, who had been interviewed by police earlier, but had allegedly given incorrect information to officers.

Police served a search warrant at a trailer on Buren Street on Wednesday. The boy allegedly confessed to the crime. Officers also contacted two 17-year-old girls, who allegedly admitted to lying during the earlier interview.

The boy was charged with first-degree assault, tampering with evidence and providing false information. He was taken to the jail and held pending his first court hearing.

The two girls were charged with hindering prosecution and providing false information. They were released to their guardians and the case was forwarded to Juvenile Probation.