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Posted: Sunday, December 2, 2012 12:13 am | Updated: 12:07 pm, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man is accused of assaulting his mother and stepfather this week with a frozen water jug and a dog leash. They were both taken to the emergency room.

Alaska State Troopers arrested Harvey Derek Arabie, 20, Monday morning. His mother and stepfather told troopers they were in bed sleeping when Arabie attacked, first with a half-full five gallon jug and then with the leash, which he used like a whip.

Arabie would not answer questions at the time of his arrest, but did take a breath-alcohol test, which registered 0.183 on a handheld machine, troopers said.

Troopers described the victims’ cabin as heavily blood-stained. A water bottle and the dog leash were collected from the cabin as evidence, as was a piece of the dog leash that was embedded in the scalp of Arabie’s stepfather, troopers said. Outlines of the metal leash clip were visible on Arabie’s stepfather’s back, troopers said.

Arabie’s mother had difficulty talking or opening her right eye because her face was so swollen and her left hand was so swollen she couldn’t bend her fingers, troopers said.

Arabie is being held without bail at Fairbanks Correctional Center on two charges of second-degree assault.

He has been appointed a public defender and is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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