Arrests Made, Charges filed in Bethel Group Fight

by Daysha Eaton on July 25, 2014

Bethel PoliceTwo Bethel men face felony assault charges related to a group fight in Bethel earlier this month, involving a knife and a shovel.

29-year-old John Karels Jr., of Bethel is charged with Assault in the first and fourth degree.

28-year-old Joseph Wilson, also of Bethel, is charged with two counts each of Assault in the first and fourth degree plus violating the condition of a release and driving with a suspended driver license.

Bethel Police Chief, Andre Achee, says the fight broke out around 3am on July 15th in Haroldson subdivision, near the dump.

“There was about fifteen to twenty plus people at the party. One individual first came up there. And there was a little bit of an altercation initially. Then he left the gathering and came back to the gathering later where a fight ensued and weapons were brandished and used. During that time he was apparently either disarmed or tackled by the people there and then he fled the area,” said Achee.

Achee refers to Wilson, who faces the most charges. Police documented stab wounds, lacerations and head injuries that sent several people to the hospital. A police affidavit documents six people injured during the violent brawl, including the two charged. Achee says he does not anticipate additional charges, but police are still asking witnesses to come forward.

Witnesses told police the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute at the party.Alcohol was involved.

The two men were arrested Thursday and arraigned in Bethel court Friday. Wilson is held at The Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center on 25-thousand dollars bail, and Karels at 15-thousand dollars.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 4th


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