Kenai man arraigned on assault charges

  • By Staff reports
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2015 12:06am
  • News

A Kenai resident was arrested for assault over the weekend, according to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch.

Joshua Freel, 25, was arrested on Saturday after troopers responded to a report of a physical assault at Onslow Avenue in Kenai. Freel was found to have attacked another male by means of putting his arm around the man’s neck, according to an affidavit written by Trooper Jason Bohac.

Once under arrest, Freel damaged the a trooper vehicle by kicking the inside of the door.

“Freel began to slam his head against the metal bars on the window causing a cut on his forehead,” Bohac wrote. “As I began to leave the scene, Freel unlatched his seatbelt, laid down on the back seat and began to kick the rear passenger’s door of my patrol vehicle. Freel broke the inside plastic liner of the door.”

Freel was arraigned Sunday at the Kenai Courthouse on charges of assault in the second degree, assault in the fourth degree and criminal mischief in the fourth degree for damages to public property. The court set a $5,000 performance bond as well as a $5,000 appearance bond, and a third-party custodian.

If convicted, Freel faces up to 12 years in prison and a fine of up to $120,000. His in-custody preliminary hearing is set for July 22, and his out-of-custody preliminary hearing is set for July 31 at the Kenai Courthouse.

Attempts to contact Freel for comment were not successful.

— Staff report

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