By Hannah Heimbuch
• No suspects identified in assault that left 19-year-old with minor injuries and stranded alongside road in boxer shorts
The Alaska State Troopers are continuing to search for the individuals who attacked and robbed a young man at the end of East End Road last Wednesday afternoon.
“Troopers are following up with all leads provided by the public,” said Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters. “Troopers have not identified a suspect.”
The initial trooper release reported that a man was traveling on an ATV just after 4 p.m. when a silver Toyota pick-up forced him to drive into the ditch and down a steep bank. He told troopers the beat-up truck was a single cab with a camper shell.
The man was thrown from his ATV when it went down the embankment, and was soon followed by two men who exited the truck, faces partially covered by masks. The men held down and beat the victim, then stole several items, including his clothing. He was left in his boxer shorts, standing in the roadway.
According to friends and neighbors, the victim is a 19-year-old visiting Homer for the summer as part of the WWOOFer program — World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. The young man was back to work at the head of Kachemak Bay and unavailable for comment as of Monday morning.
This kind of attack doesn’t come up for Alaska law enforcement very often, Peters said.
“Robberies such as this are pretty rare in the area,” she said, “and not a usual part of our troopers’ case load.”
Many residents in the vicinity of Voznesenka village believe the crime was committed by individuals from outside the East End Road communities. Locals are now on high alert, one neighbor said, watching for anything suspicious.
The robbery, assault and theft committed on Wednesday are felony crimes. Anyone with information regarding the crime or potential suspects is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers’ Anchor Point post at (907) 235-8239.
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