The Public Safety Report is compiled from criminal complaints filed in state and federal courts, as well as some police blotter information, trooper dispatches, fire department reports and interviews with public safety officials. Individuals named as arrested and/or charged with crimes in this report are presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.
Earl Elliott Henry, 27, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree assault, misdemeanor fifth-degree weapons misconduct and violating conditions of release April 11 after Fairbanks police responded to a report that a man with two knives tried to stab another man near the Rabinowitz Courthouse. Police found Henry and three other men sitting on a bench north of the courthouse employee parking lot. All of the men denied having knives.
Police found a very large, fixed blade knife hidden up Henry’s left sleeve and another hidden up his right sleeve, according to charging documents. Henry was relieved of his weapons and handcuffed. Henry tried to run into the Chena River after stating he wasn’t going back to jail. Three officers took him to the ground before he reached the river. The victim told police he was crossing the Chena River pedestrian bridge at 3:09 p.m. on his way to court when an Alaska Native man walked toward him while brandishing two large knives.
The man, whom the victim identified as Henry after viewing his photograph, yelled “Don’t (mess) with Natives” before making a rude hand gesture and pointing the blades at the victim.