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Press Release

Nicholas Brett Indicted for Assault in Downtown Anchorage Bar

September 15, 2017

(Anchorage, AK) On September 11, 2017, 27 year old Nicholas Brett was indicted for assaulting a member of the U.S. Air Force on August 6, 2017. Brett was indicted for different theories of assault, including assault in the first degree. Brett is currently assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson as a member of the U.S. Army.

On August 6, 2017, at approximately 2:00 a.m., an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force was assaulted from behind in a downtown Anchorage bar. He suffered numerous, protracted injuries. The Anchorage Police Department was initially unable to identify the suspect but Detective Monique Doll was able to identify Brett as a suspect for the assault.

If convicted at trial, Brett faces a potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison. A defendant’s sentence is determined by the judge who must consider the circumstances of the offense, the impact on the victim and the community, and the potential for rehabilitation of the defendant. The charges in the indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. Brett is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Brett was released on $2500 cash bail on September 13, 2017.

The Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office believe there may by witnesses in the community who have not come forward yet. Anyone with information about the incident can contact the Anchorage Police Department at 786-8900.

If you want to provide information anonymously, you can call Crime Stoppers at (907) 561-STOP (7707) or submit a tip online at

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Arne F. Soldwedel at (907) 269-6300 or More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at

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