Bystanders come to woman’s aid during assault

Two people early Thursday morning near Telephone Hill Park heard a loud argument and then found a man on top of a woman, striking her and refusing to let her go, according to a report by the Juneau Police Department.

Shortly after, the two stepped in to help.

JPD officers arrested Robert Paul Jr., 36, around 12:30 a.m. for suspicion of assault in the second and fourth degree, and later took him to Lemon Creek Correctional Center where he was held without bail, according to police.

The 33-year-old woman was found with torn clothing, blood on her body and a puncture wound in her upper right arm.

A witness in a nearby home called officers to the scene and the two passersby — a 50-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man — helped keep Paul away from the alleged victim until officers could arrive, JPD Lt. David Campbell said. Campbell said the 48-year-old man placed himself between the woman and Paul to keep them separated.

Capital City Fire/Rescue transported the woman to Bartlett Regional Hospital where she was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

JPD’s investigation reported that the woman was in an argument with Paul and as she began walking away from him he allegedly ran after her and knocked her to the ground.

Paul was reportedly holding a knife at the time of the incident, however, when officers arrived on the scene he was arrested without incident and the people who aided the woman were not harmed.

Campbell said alcohol was a factor for both the woman and Paul.

Second degree assault is a Class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $100,000.00 fine. Fourth degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $10,000.00 fine.

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