Alaska State Troopers say a Tanana man who allegedly beat two men with a broomstick overnight Friday, after they wouldn’t let him stick around and play cards, is being held on assault and burglary charges.

According to an AST dispatch Monday, the incident was reported to Mark Haglin, Tanana’s village public safety officer, at 1:40 a.m. Saturday. According to the men, 50-year-old Ricky Folger Sr. didn’t have permission to enter their home when he did so and beat them.

“Prior to the incident Folger was escorted from the home of the two victims,” troopers wrote. “Folger returned with a broken broom handle assaulting both of them and causing physical injuries before being forced out of the home.”

In an email to Channel 2, AST spokesperson Megan Peters says the incident unfolded quickly once the men, who had been drinking with Folger, asked him to leave.

“The men were playing cards and wanted to stop and go to bed. Folger refused to leave and had to be led out,” Peters wrote. “He came back a couple minutes later with the broomstick and assaulted them. They were bruised and sore from being hit by the stick but didn't need medevac.”

Peters credits Haglin with the case’s investigation as well as the acquisition of arrest warrants for Folger. Fairbanks troopers arrived Sunday and took Folger into custody at his home; he is now being held at the Fairbanks Correctional Center on one count of first-degree burglary and two counts of third-degree assault.
“(Haglin) did a great job on the case,” Peters wrote. “All the trooper had to do was show up and make the arrest without incident.”