A man is behind bars after grabbing an 11-year-old boy away from his mother Thursday in downtown Anchorage, holding the boy at knife point until good Samaritans fought off the attacker, police say.
Raymond Charles Katchatag, 27, is charged with kidnapping, robbery and assault. The boy and three men who came to his rescue suffered minor injuries, including cuts to the boy and one of the men, according to a charging document filed in court Friday.
Katchatag demanded the woman's bags about 4:50 p.m. Thursday inside a sky bridge over Sixth Avenue, a police spokeswoman said in a written statement Friday. The mother had been shopping inside a store at the 5th Avenue mall when Katchatag snatched the boy, put a knife to his throat and said he would kill the boy if the woman did not "give him all her stuff," the charges say.
Three bystanders in the area wrestled Katchatag to the ground, according to the charges.
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|From the Best of March photo gallery: It’s not summer yet, but the surfing is fine. Kyle Simonsen of Girdwood rides the bore tide on his stand-up paddle board on Turnagain Arm along the Seward Highway on Tuesday. |
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It's 4 degrees here this morning. Looks like winter doesn't want to let go, just yet. Ah well, it's still another month before we can expect warm-ish temps.
A personal note: as of today, I've lost 27.2 pounds, which puts me past the halfway point. Only 24 more to go.
Y'all have a wonderful weekend, friends. Thanks for stopping by.