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Guilty verdict rendered in November knife assault

Woman who was brutally injured sees justice after jury trial


A Valdez man will be sentenced this July for a felony knife assault after a jury found him guilty earlier this month.

Christopher "Levi" Harnden age 29, came to police attention last November after a woman was reported on dump road with a knife wound who was in need of immediate medical attention.

Harnden was originally charged with two counts of felony assault, and tampering with evidence, also a felony.

Police issued a press release last week.

"On September 2, 2015, Valdez Police and Fire Departments and the Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a woman with alleged knife wounds in need of immediate medical attention on Glacier Haul Dump Road," police said. "Emergency responders discovered a 32-year old woman bleeding heavily from a laceration to her face and transported her by ambulance to Providence Valdez Medical Center. The woman was later transferred by medivac to the Providence Anchorage Intensive Care Unit."

Source: VPD

Christopher "Levi" Harnden

Jurors in the trial said the graphic photos of the victim were difficult to look at.

"Following investigation into the incident, Valdez police filed for and received an arrest warrant charging Harnden with domestic violence, first-degree assault, and tampering with physical evidencez," police said. "With coordination from the Anchorage Police Department, Harnden was arrested in Anchorage on November 3, 2015."

Harnden was later indicted on three counts of first-degree assault and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Harnden maintained he did not mean to cut the woman having thrown the knife in anger.

He faces sentencing this July 11, in Valdez Superior Court.


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