Sleetmute man captured after two days on the run
On the Y-K Delta
Following an alleged sexual assault in Sleetmute the suspect eluded Alaska State Troopers for two and a half days. On Sept. 26 at about 3 a.m. troopers responded to the report of the assault. Investigation revealed that Colten Zaukar, 22 of Sleetmute, broke into a Sleetmute resident’s home with an axe, assaulted the female and dragged her to a trail near the Kuskokwim River where he raped her, according to the trooper report. She was later transported to the hospital and treated for her injuries. When troopers and a Deputy U.S. Marshal responded to Sleetmute on Thursday they found that a family member had warned Zaukar of their arrival, and had taken him to a wooded mountainous region on the far side of town. Troopers and the marshal pursued the suspect for several hours, but were unable to apprehend him at the time. On Friday, according to KYUK, Zaukar was taken into custody on the charges.