Woman fights off attacker with help of her teenage son, Alaska troopers say

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Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:53 AM AKDT|Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 11:52 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A woman in Gulkana fought off a man, who attacked her with a hatchet, with the help of her teenage son, according to an online dispatch from Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers were notified of the attack around 4:48 a.m. Wednesday after the woman called 911 and told authorities that a man had come into her residence and assaulted her with a hatchet.

The woman reported she was sleeping in her bed when she was woken up by the man hitting her in the head, the dispatch said. She reported she was able to fight off the attacker with the help of her son.

The woman’s son was not injured in the attack and the woman had non-life-threatening injuries, according to a spokesperson with the troopers.

Troopers and village public safety officers responded and weren’t able to find the man; however, an investigation by troopers in Glennallen revealed a potential suspect.

Rodney Stevens, 29, was arrested and charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and first-degree burglary.

Troopers said the investigation into the attack is ongoing.

Editor’s note: This story has been edited to add new information from a trooper spokesperson.

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