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Infamous Alaska lottery winner attacked

Jan 14, 2009, 3:11 pm

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Apparently not a robbery attempt, policeman says

The man who won Alaska's first half-million-dollar lottery was attacked on a downtown Anchorage street yesterday afternoon with a tire iron or metal pipe, according to police.

Police say Alec Ahsoak, 53, was attacked when a man approached him to ask if he was the man who won the $500,000 jackpot.

Whether the attack was motivated by Ahsoak's winning the lottery or the widely distributed reports that he is a three-time convicted sex offender was unclear.

"There was no apparent attempt at robbery," police lieutenant Dave Parker said. "He was struck eight to 10 times, and then he threw his Pepsi at the assailant and he ran for Phyllis' Cafe and the assailant ran off."

By yesterday evening, Ahsoak had been discharged from the hospital and police had taken a man and a woman into custody, Parker said.

The man has been identified as 20-year-old Brandon J. Hughes of Los Angeles.  Hughes was charged in the attack Tuesday afternoon on Ahsoak, according to KTUU-TV in Anchorage.

Police say Hughes did not know Ahsoak.

Ahsoak told officers he had been stopped by a white man believed to be about 21 and wearing a blue-and-white checked shirt, blue jeans and a white baseball cap as he entered the Fifth Avenue Mall. The stranger asked if he was the lottery winner, Ahsoak said he was, and then went into the mall.

When he walked out minutes later carrying a Pepsi, the man approached him and began hitting him on the head with the weapon, police said.

Ahsoak was transported to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, which did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

Ahsoak was convicted in 1993 of molesting two girls under the age of 13. He was sentenced to four years in prison, according to court records.

In March 2000, police arrested him again for molesting a different young girl he was baby-sitting. Through a plea bargain, Ahsoak was sentenced to six years in prison on a single count of sexual abuse of a minor.

Prosecutors in that case dropped another sex abuse charge and a charge of failing to register as a sex offender.

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