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Man held for brutal assault and robbery


March 21, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - According to information released by Public Safety Director Rich Leipfert of the Ketchikan Police Department, a man is being held today at the Ketchikan Correctional Center on First Degree Robbery, First Degree Assault, Second Degree Theft and Violation of Conditions of Release.

At approximately 1:49 a.m. on March 20th the Ketchikan Police Department received a 911 call from an unidentified female stating there was a male lying in the basement of Tongass Towers in a pool of blood. Ketchikan Police officers and an ambulance were dispatched and arrived at the scene minutes later. Leipfert reported that a victim, a 45-year-old male, had been brutally beaten and robbed of his personal belongings.

During the investigation, police officers spoke with a couple individuals at the scene, as well as the maintenance worker at the location who provided officers with a surveillance tape. The tape identified the assailant as, 22 year old Derick N. Skultka.

Leipfert reported that officers also spoke with several individuals over the next 24-hours who appeared to have knowledge of the assault, and who also identified Skultka as the alleged assailant. Extra patrol was called in and officers began looking for Skultka, who was eventually found at 1428 Tongass Avenue #2.

Skultka was taken to the Ketchikan Correctional Center, and held on First Degree Robbery, and First Degree Assault, both class A Felonies, and Second Degree Theft, a class C Felony, and Violation of Conditions of Release.

The injuries to Sunday's victim initially required that they be intubated, and this unidentified male is reportedly recovering at Ketchikan General Hospital.

Leipfert also reported that Skultka is also a suspect in a second aggravated assault, which occurred on Friday, March 18. The victim of Friday's assault has since been medivaced to Harborview Medical Center in Washington for severe injuries and this case is pending further investigation.


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