Anchorage man stabbed relative in the face, tells police he wished he had a gun

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Prosecutors have revealed new information about the downtown assault last week that left one man seriously injured.

According to charging documents, prosecutors say that Ioane Semeatu recklessly caused serious injury to Anetelea Opetaia, "by means of a dangerous instrument."

Officers with the Anchorage Police Department said this instrument was a knife that they found near the victim, who was covered in blood.

APD responded to the incident at the 700 block of 11th Avenue at around 8:30 p.m. and found Opetaia bleeding from two stab wounds, one to the head, and one to the back.

The wound to the head landed "near his eye," according to charging documents. A witness, Opetaia's girlfriend Amanda Rodriguez, told police that they were working on vehicles in the garage when Semeatu approached them.

Rodriguez said Semeatu slammed the hood of a car on top of Opetaia, and the two then proceeded to fight. That's when she said Semeatu drew a knife and stabbed Opetaia multiple times.

"Rodriguez [then] retrieved a shotgun from her vehicle and pointed it at [Semeatu] telling him to leave," prosecutors said. Semeatu then "continued to taunt" the victims until police sirens caused him to run away. Police say the gun was not fired.

However, police soon picked up Semeatu nearby. As for the cause of the fight, Semeatu allegedly told police, "there’s been an ongoing violence between him, Opetaia and the family, and that sometimes he wished that he had a gun so that he could kill them all."

Semeatu has been previously convicted of similar assault charges.

Opetaia was transported form the scene to a hospital for treatment of "very serious injuries."