A Juneau man is in a Seattle hospital for treatment of facial injuries after a Thursday night assault on Franklin Street, according to the Juneau Police Department.
At approximately 7:09 p.m. Thursday, JPD was notified of an assault near the 100 block of South Franklin Street. The victim, 49, reported to JPD that another male approached him and began punching him in the face. There did not appear to be any motivation in the attack, JPD Deputy Chief David Campbell said.
A nearby business video surveillance system caught the incident on tape, and police said the suspect was identified as 21-year-old River Eugene Parrish. At 6:27 a.m. Friday morning, Parrish was located near the Downtown Transit Center. JPD arrested Parrish, a Juneau resident, for second-degree assault.
This was the second incident in a week for Parrish. He was also under court-ordered conditions of release for a third-degree assault dated Oct. 30, so he was also charged with violating conditions of release. He was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center and lodged on no bail, according to JPD. Campbell said Parrish’s arraignment would likely be Friday afternoon.
Capital City Fire/Rescue brought the victim to Bartlett Regional Hospital, Campbell said, where doctors determined that the man would have to be taken to Seattle. Campbell said he wasn’t sure what the victim’s current status was, but that he was likely still in the Seattle hospital. Campbell said the victim is listed in JPD’s database as homeless.