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Troopers Seek Assailants in Big Lake Home Invasion, Beating

By Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, cklint@ktuu.com
Published On: Nov 29 2013 10:39:29 AM AKST
Updated On: Nov 29 2013 10:40:38 AM AKST
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

Alaska State Troopers are looking for two men in connection with the home-invasion beating of a Big Lake man early on Thanksgiving Day.

According to a Friday AST dispatch, troopers were informed at about 11:15 a.m. Thursday of the attack against 23-year-old Benjamin Lawson, which occurred in a home on Knapp Road where he was staying between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. that morning.

“The investigation indicates that Lawson was sleeping at the house when the two men kicked in the door, dragged him from the bed he was sleeping in and assaulted him,” Ipsen said. “The female who lived at the home and witnessed the assault was not harmed.”

While Lawson refused care from medics, he later visited Mat-Su Regional Hospital.

AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen says Lawson’s injuries included bumps, bruises and contusions.

“It appears like they just attacked him with their fists; they didn’t use any other instruments,” Ipsen said. “They may have kicked him.”

Ipsen says the investigation is in its early phases, and troopers don’t have details on a possible motive for the beating. No further description of the men was immediately available.

Anyone with information on the incident should call troopers at 907-373-8300.