A Ketchikan man was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree assault - domestic violence regarding an incident in which a woman was allegedly stabbed, punched and strangled that morning in an apartment on the 400 block of Mission Street.

Ethan R. Bolton, 32, was arrested at the scene on Monday morning and transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center without bail, according to Ketchikan Police Department information.  

On Tuesday afternoon, Bolton appeared telephonically in Ketchikan District Court for a first felony appearance before Magistrate Judge Amanda Schulz.

Schulz set Bolton’s bail at a $300,000 cash performance bond, as well as a $100,000 appearance bond with a $10,000 cash requirement. Bolton would have to post a total of $310,000 cash —  in addition to complying with other bail conditions such as a third-party custodian and electronic GPS monitoring — to be eligible for release.

Bolton’s arrest stems from an incident that occurred Monday morning. 

KPD officers responded to a residence in the 400 Block of Mission Street at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, following a report of a female having been stabbed multiple times, according to a KPD press release.

The alleged victim was found sitting in a apartment, “covered in blood,” according to the probable cause statement filed in the case by KPD Detective John K. Brown. 

The 31-year-old woman told police the incident began in another residence there after Bolton started an argument with her and began punching her in the head, according to the probable cause statement and KPD information. The incident escalated, with Bolton allegedly strangling her and stabbing her at least three times.

The woman “was able to break away from the defendant and run out of the apartment where she proceeded to knock on various doors of the apartment complex” until another resident answered their door, brought her in and called 911, according to the probable cause statement. 

Locating the woman in that apartment, police observed that she had three stab wounds and other lacerations, in addition to swelling around her throat consistent with strangulation trauma, and other red and swollen areas on her head, according to the probable cause statement.

She was transported to PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, and was “in stable but critical condition,” according to the KPD announcement. She has been released from the hospital, according to later police information.

Late Wednesday afternoon, PeaceHealth spokesperson Kate Govaars confirmed that, as of that time, there was not someone with the individual’s name listed as a patient at PeaceHealth Ketchikan.

According to information presented at Tuesday’s first felony appearance by Jennifer Chaudhary of the District Attorney’s Office, Detective Brown had said that Bolton was located in the residence, covered in blood. A bloody knife was found beneath a pillow of a bed.

KPD Lt. Andy Berntson on Thursday confirmed that Bolton was found in the apartment where the incident is alleged to have occurred.

During Tuesday’s court proceeding, Magistrate Judge Schulz said that the charge of first-degree assault —domestic violence was a Class A felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, in addition to mandatory surcharges and probation. The presumptive sentencing range would be between 10 years and 14 years.  

Chaudhary described the circumstances and threats that Bolton made during the alleged incident.

“It seems pretty, incredibly cruel behavior,” she said. 

Later in the hearing, she said that other charges were being considered in the case.

Chaudhary requested that bail be set at a $400,000 cash performance bond and a $100,000 performance bond, with $10,000 cash requirement, noting the severity and circumstances of the alleged crime and that Bolton has seven prior convictions in Alaska since 2015 — all misdemeanors except for a 2018 felony conviction for second-degree burglary. She also requested a variety of other release conditions. 

Schulz noted the nature of the alleged actions and threats by Bolton.

“The court finds this is a case that needs a significant amount of cash (for a performance bond), in addition to other restrictions, in order to ensure the safety of the alleged victim,” Schulz said. “That’s just in part based on the nature of these allegations, but that is heightened by the fact of (the other convictions in Alaska).”

She said that she didn’t think that $400,000 performance bond was an unreasonable request, but that a $300,000 cash performance bond, in combination with other measures, remained a fairly significant amount.

During the hearing, it was ascertained that Bolton qualified for a public defender. Clare Carlson of the Alaska Public Defender Agency requested a bail hearing in the case for Friday.

Schulz scheduled the bail hearing, which, according to court information, is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday before Ketchikan District Court Judge Kevin Miller.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on April 29, also before Judge Miller.