Chuathbaluk man accused of assault and arson

by Mark Arehart on October 30, 2012

Alaska State Troopers in Aniak report that a Chuathbaluk man allegedly assaulted a teenager in the village and then set fire to his own father’s house.

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Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said the incident that was reported to troopers wasn’t the whole story:

“We received a report of an assault that Arnold Simeon Jr. was assaulted by another member of the village. After we did some investigation it turned out it was the opposite,” Peters said.

According to Peters, it was Simeon Jr. himself who allegedly assaulted an unnamed 19-year-old man in the middle Kuskokwim village. Peters said Simeon Jr. allegedly brandished a .22 caliber rifle.

“Simeon fired shots in order to scare the other one and when the incident was done he called and reported that, pretty much, he was the victim and the other one was the aggressor.”

Peters said that was not the end of the incident. “Investigation showed that following the assault he set his father’s place on fire.”

It is trooper policy not to reveal motives, so it is unknown why Simeon JR allegedly set fire to his father’s home. The house was a total loss.

Simeon Jr. is charged with Arson II, two counts of Assault III, Misconduct Involving Weapons IV and Making a False Report.

He was arrested and transported to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center in Bethel.

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