Kidnapping charges added to Eagle River man accused of violent attack

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 11:17
  • Eagle River resident Justin Schneider appears in Anchorage district court on August 17, 2017. Schneider faces felony assault and kidnapping charges in connection with a violent sexual attack reported August 8.

An Eagle River man accused of commiting a violent sexual attack on an Anchorage woman earlier this month appeared in court again Aug. 17, in custody and facing new charges of felony assault and kidnapping.

Justin S. Schneider, 33, was first arrested Aug. 8 after an Anchorage woman claimed he’d offered her a ride, driven her into the Turnagain neighborhood, tackled her outside of his vehicle, strangled her to the point of unconsciousness and masturbated on her. He was originally charged with second and third-degree assault and first-degree harassment — his first criminal charges in the state of Alaska.

On Aug. 14, Schneider’s wife, Megan, posted his $30,000 bail under the court-ordered conditions that Schneider wear an ankle monitor and remain at their Eagle River home. The bail was exonerated (returned) the next day, the same day an Anchorage grand jury indicted Schneider on four felony counts of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and kidnapping. He is now incarcerated at the Anchorage Jail.

In court Thursday, Justin Schneider sat handcuffed in a row with other inmates, wearing a yellow Anchorage Correctional Complex uniform and a stoic expression. He pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. If convicted of kidnapping, he faces up to 99 years in prison, according to the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office.

Schneider’s trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 6, according to court records.

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