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Seward Magistrate Judge George Peck has issued arrest warrants in two domestic violence cases in which the suspects have been charged with assault in the second degree, a felony.

Christopher Shane Campbell, 30, has been charged with three counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of criminal mischief, and one count of third-degree assault, a felony. Darren Shane Lackey, 33, has been charged with fourth-degree assault and second-degree assault, a felony.

Both men face felony assault charges because they allegedly either caused or nearly caused a physical injury by means of a “dangerous instrument.”

Alaska law defines “dangerous instrument” to mean “any deadly weapon or anything that … is capable of causing death or serious physical injury.” The definition explicitly includes the hands if used to obstruct breathing.

Police were alerted to Campbell when a woman called to say that she had pepper-sprayed him. The woman told police that she had returned to her house late on the night of July 31 and found Campbell outside, apparently waiting for her.

Police say that Campbell and the woman had a prior relationship. Campbell reportedly has access to the woman’s house and car by means of spare keys.

Campbell allegedly harassed her verbally and advanced threateningly toward her, which prompted the woman to use her pepper spray.

The woman left in her car, but returned to the house a short time later. Campbell was allegedly there again, this time standing next to a pile of loose concrete bricks, one of which he threw at her car.

In an unrelated case the following day, police responded to Dieckgraeff Road for a report of an assault in a vehicle parked along the road.

The vehicle’s sole occupant, a woman, told police that her boyfriend, Darren Lackey, had pulled her out of the passenger seat during an argument. She also said that the day before, Lackey had grabbed her by the throat, applying pressure until she nearly passed out.