By Lee Revis
Editor, Valdez Star 

Victim tasered by police after stabbing incident

Valdez man Robert Goldstein charged with assault and drug possession


Photo courtesy VPD

Robert Joseph Goldstein

A Valdez man is behind bars and another hospitalized after a stabbing incident that occurred outside the Gold Rush Saloon on Aug. 31.

Robert Goldstein was jailed in Valdez shortly after the early morning incident according to Valdez police.

There was no word on the condition of the victim, who police say suffered seven knife wounds to the face and upper torso, including at least one wound that punctured a lung.

Police said in a press release issued Sunday that the victim was uncooperative and was tasered.

“The stabbing victim was uncooperative and hostile towards first responders attempting to care for his wounds, requiring the deployment of a (sic) taser,” police said. “Valdez Fire Department personnel then undertook life saving procedures on a still combative patient.”

Charging documents say Raymond Fowler, the bouncer for the Gold Rush Saloon (formerly known as the Board Room) called Valdez police at 2:40 a.m. the morning of August 31, stating a patron had been stabbed on the south side of the building.

The charging documents, filed by Valdez police, state the responding officers, Jess Gondek and Sgt. Kalin King, “witnessed two white male adults lying on the ground covered in a large amount of blood.”

Fowler was restraining Goldstein when police arrived.

Goldstein, age 35, suffered what charging documents described as a paper cut type wound to the face, a swollen mouth, possible bloody nose and scrapes to his knees.

Police also recovered a three-and-a-half by one-inch folding knife on the scene, which they allege is consistent with the stab wounds suffered by the victim.

The charging documents say Fowler told police Goldstein and the victim “had gotten into a scuffle” approximately 15 minutes before police were called.

“The scuffle was broken up and both persons were made to leave from opposite exits,” charging documents state.

Fowler told police that he saw Goldstein leave the premises, but later returned towards the bar. He stated he heard the assault after losing sight of Goldstein.

Both Fowler and the victim identified Goldstein as the assailant, who allegedly began the attack while the victim was urinating in bushes outside the bar.

The felony complaint against Goldstein filed by police with the Valdez court on August 31 included two counts of felony assault. The grand jury in Palmer indicted Goldstein last Thursday with five felonies, including three counts of first degree assault, one count of assault in the third degree and one count of misconduct involving a controlled substance for allegedly possessing methamphetamine.

In a bail hearing Monday, Judge Dan Schally set Goldstein’s bail at $20,000, cash or corporate, with a third-party custodial requirement. Two third-party custodians were approved by Schally if the appearance bond is posted on Goldstein’s behalf.

Schally also issued standard release requirements, including a prohibition against Goldstein contacting the victims. He was also restricted to remain inside the boundaries of the third judicial district, which includes Anchorage.

Schally said because he did not know if or when Goldstein would be able to post the $20,000 bond, he could not say whether or not Goldstein would still be in the jail in Valdez if and when bail is posted.

“Whether he remains in Valdez is anybody’s guess,” Schally said, “the state can move people around at will.”


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