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.

 

Assault

• Joseph John Tritt, 61, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree assault Oct. 2. According to charging documents, Tritt’s girlfriend told Alaska State Troopers he threatened her with a knife and stabbed it into the floor several times. The woman, who was in a wheel chair and on oxygen, said Tritt had been drinking and was upset because he wanted to go home to Arctic Village. Tritt appeared to be intoxicated, admitted to getting his knife out and asked to be taken to jail. He registered a breath-alcohol content of 0.289.

• James Peter Audie, 32, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Oct. 4 after Fairbanks police responded to a report of two men punching each other and rolling around on the ground at Illinois Street and Minnie Street. Officers arrived to find Audie on top of and trying to handcuff the other man, according to charging documents. Audie told police the man had been aggressive toward him at the International Hotel and Bar (formerly known as the Big I Pub and Lounge) and tried to rob him. The man appeared dazed and told police the alleged incident happened months ago and involved a woman, not a robbery. The man said Audie came out of nowhere, tackled him, punched and kicked him multiple times and tried to handcuff him with his own handcuffs. The man had numerous injuries to his face as well as scrapes on both hands.  

• Mary Lee Amy Matoomealook, 21, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault Oct. 5 after her boyfriend reported she was drunk and trying to hurt him. The man told Fairbanks police that Matoomealook came home blackout drunk and slapped him multiple times in the face and head. Matoomealook tried to block the man in his room, threw a picture frame at his head and caused him to fall and slide down the stairs, according to charging documents. The man had a welt on the back of his head and multiple scratches on his shoulder and neck. 

 

Theft

Chad Brandon Greil, 45, of North Pole, was charged with felony first-degree theft Oct. 4 for a Sept. 9 incident. According to charging documents, Greil broke into a detached garage and stole multiple hand tools. Troopers were familiar with Greil from previous thefts and knew he lived close to the victim’s home. They went to Greil’s home and found him operating a Caterpillar backhoe similar to one recently stolen from a Phillips Field Road property. The owner of the backhoe identified it as his and told troopers Greil worked for him several months ago for about two weeks. A Troy Built weed eater, a propane tank with weed burner, a wheelbarrow, an 80-pound propane tank and a Hypertherm plasma cutter were found in Greil’s front yard. The stolen backhoe was estimated to be worth $28,000, according to the charges. 

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