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Subject: Assault/ResistingDate: 08-02-2014 12:45:24
From: Sgt. Chris GiffordCase or Incident: #140802-002
Summary:
On 08-02-2014 at 1:45 AM, two Juneau Police officers contacted a group of people in Marine Park regarding open containers of alcohol, including four males and two females. During the course of the interaction, one of the males and a female complied with an officer’s request to leave the park. The three other men and woman did not however. One of the men, 32 year-old Jack Joseph Paine Jr., engaged in a fight with one of the officers. As Paine Jr. began fighting with the officer, a second man, 32 year-old Francois P. Whitman, joined the fight, “head-butting” the other officer. The female in the group, 23 year-old Charity J. Berkley , grabbed onto an officer’s back as he attempted to arrest Paine Jr. The officer knocked the female to ground, at which point the third man, 30 year-old Corey L. Nashoanak, began to aggressively approach the officers, refuse their orders for him not to interfere in the arrests, and was also ultimately arrested by the officers.

Paine Jr. was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on counts of Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting/Interfering with an Officer.

Whitman was lodged at LCCC on counts of Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting/Interfering with an Officer.

Berkley was lodged at LCCC on counts of Resisting/Interfering with an Officer and Disorderly Conduct.

Nashoanak was lodged at LCCC on counts of Resisting/Interfering with an Officer and Disorderly Conduct.

The suspects were evaluated by the Bartlett Regional Hospital for minor injuries prior to lodging at LCCC. The two involved officers also received minor injuries. Alcohol was a factor in this incident.
All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues.    Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.*** END OF STATEMENT ***