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Location: Shishmaref
Type: DV Assault, Assault, Arson, DUI

Dispatch Text:

On 2/7/21 at approximately 0240 hours Alaska State Troopers in Nome received a report of a DV assault in Shishmaref. The caller alleged that 35-year-old Ward Kakoona, of Shishmaref, had assaulted and strangled his girlfriend. The victim was able to escape the residence and call AST for help. The victim and a male family member returned to the residence and confronted Kakoona who then assaulted and strangled the victim’s male family member.  The Shishmaref VPSO responded and when he arrived Kakoona fled the area on a snowmachine.  The victims were taken to the Shishmaref Clinic and while at the clinic it was reported the victim’s residence, where the assault occurred, was on fire.  At this time it is believed that there was no one inside the residence. At approximately 0700 hours Troopers from Nome and Kotzebue responded to Shishmaref and arrested Kakoona on Assault II DV, Assault II, Assault III DV, Assault III, Assault IV DV. Assault IV, Arson II, DUI, Disorderly Conduct, Evidence Tampering.

Posted on 2/8/2021 10:10:18 AM by DPS\tlfirch

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