Alaska lodge employees held on assault charges; 1 man from Colorado

ANCHORAGE - Two employees of a tourist lodge in Southeast Alaska face assault charges after a weekend incident with guests.

The Anchorage Daily News reports ( the two men, Michael York of Colorado and Devon Fernandez of Virginia, were being transferred Monday to the Anchorage jail. Neither man had an attorney listed in online court records.

Yakutat Police Chief Robert Baty said the officers determined that York and Fernandez had gotten extremely intoxicated Friday night. They confronted the couple from California about "mining and its effects on Alaska," Baty told the Daily News, noting the couple had not been drinking.

There was a physical altercation before York left and came back with a Ruger Mini-14 rifle, Baty said.
"At that point, of course, it became a felony assault," he said.

York left the area, but then Fernandez showed up with a 12-gauge shotgun and pointed it at the couple, Baty said.

The lodge manager separated everyone before calling 911, Baty said. No shots were fired, and there were no injuries.

Besides the two victims, who were in the area exploring the possibility of mining in the area, Baty said there were four other witnesses to the argument.

York and Fernandez were arrested and arraigned on assault charges. Troopers said other charges were pending, including additional assault counts, evidence tampering and misconduct involving weapons.

Both were arraigned in Yakutat and housed in temporary holding cells with bail set at $10,000.


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