Police investigating Sunday beating of 18-year-old

The police believe the incident is isolated, but there’s concern elsewhere

The assault of an 18-year-old Juneau man is being investigated by the Juneau Police Department.

The teenager reported being jumped and assaulted by multiple people Sunday evening in the area of Floyd Dryden Middle School, according to a JPD social media post. It’s alleged that the suspects had bottles or brass knuckles during the assault.

The victim suffered injuries during the assault, according to JPD, but the injuries are not thought to be serious.

The victim and suspects are known to each other, according to JPD, and it’s alleged the assault was retaliation for a previous criminal act.

The case appears to be an isolated one, said Erann Kalwara, public safety manager for the JPD, in an email, and JPD’s social media post stated there appears to be no public safety concerns stemming from the incident.

But some in the community, including Briana Heller, are worried,

Heller, a parent of a student who had heard about the incident from others, went to both the school and the police to express concerns about the investigation. She wanted to know why it did not seem to be progressing as quickly as she felt it should.

“The kids know exactly who did it,” Heller said in a phone interview.”There’s pictures, there’s videos.”

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