ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Anchorage police say a 7-year-old girl is in critical but stable condition with head trauma after being repeatedly punched in the head and knocked unconscious by a bicycle thief Sunday.
According to APD spokesperson Marlene Lammers, officers were called to the 3300 block of Eide Street in Midtown at about 4:45 p.m. after reports that a man had punched the girl in the head several times after she refused to give him her bicycle.
Neighbors say the man, 32-year-old neighborhood resident Byron Edward Syvinski, had reportedly taken a bag from a 17-year-old boy and rifled through its contents then given it back. When the boy’s father told Svvinski to leave, he punched the father in the face and head with a closed fist.
Svyinski then walked down the road, where he encountered the girl and initially tried to force her off her bike. Witnesses say he then punched her, knocking her to the ground where she lost consciousness, then punched her several more times while she was lying on the ground. Svyinski also went through the girl’s pockets, but witnesses didn’t see him take anything from her.
Upon arrival police ordered Svyinski to the ground. He became so combative that he had to be restrained with handcuffs on both his wrists and ankles, and was transported to a hospital.