Fairbanks man arrested for allegedly beating, strangling female victim

(AST)(Alaska State Troopers)
Published: Nov. 9, 2020 at 5:06 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A Fairbanks man was arrested Saturday for first degree assault. According to charging documents, Rufus Hearns, 45, allegedly beat a woman over the head and strangled her.

Troopers responded to a call from a neighbor saying there was a female banging on her door who had blood on her face. During the investigation, troopers determined that Hearns had strangled the victim until she passed out, and repeatedly punched her head.

After she regained consciousness, he allegedly attacked her again, hitting her and strangling her until she passed out again. She regained consciousness and told troopers that she tried to grab a clay candle holder to defend herself. Hearns allegedly saw what she was doing and smashed it over her head. She told troopers that she was able to grab a shard and attempt to cut him. She also said she bit his finger. Once he left the room she tried to barricade the door and escaped outside through a window.

Hearns was charged with two counts of assault in the first degree, one count of assault in the second degree, and other lesser charges. He was taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center.

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