• Category Archives ANCHORAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT – PRESS RELEASE
  • APD K-9 Nabs Man who Struck Police Vehicle & Building in Stolen Subaru

    Anchorage Police arrested a man this morning after he struck a police vehicle, then a building, in an attempt to flee in a stolen vehicle.

    At about 1:20 AM today, APD K-9 Officer Scott Huston found an unoccupied stolen Subaru Impreza sedan parked against a building located at 4th Avenue and Denali Street.  The officer observed the sedan for about 20 minutes until he saw two people get into it and attempt to drive away.  Officer Huston pulled up behind the sedan in his marked Ford Explorer to prevent it from backing up.  The driver rammed Officer Huston’s vehicle, and then the building in an attempt to flee, but was unsuccessful.  The driver then tried to run from the scene, but was apprehended by Officer Huston’s K-9 partner, “Kenai.”  A search of the stolen vehicle revealed a handgun which was located on the driver’s side floorboard.  Officers estimate the damage to the Subaru sedan and the building to be approximately $2000.

    Faofua Afasene, 25, was taken into custody and charged with Assault, Vehicle Theft, Resisting Arrest, Misconduct Involving Weapons, and Criminal Mischief.  Afasene also had three felony warrants for his arrest for Vehicle Theft, Eluding, and a Probation Violation.  Afasene was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the arrest; once cleared, he was taken to the Anchorage Jail with bail set at $27,500 plus third party custodian requirements.

    APD Case 16-332


  • K9 “Doc” Helps Officers Locate and Arrest Three Burglary Suspects

    Anchorage police have arrested and charged three males involved in stealing wire from a local business early this morning. The incident resulted in a vehicle pursuit by police and then a foot pursuit where K9 “Doc” helped officers track and locate the suspects.

    Just after 1:00 a.m. police dispatch received a report of a burglary in progress at a local business located at 117 E 53rd Avenue. The complainant stated that their business security system was activated and when they went to look at live surveillance video they could see multiple males breaking into a connex located on the property. Officers responded to the scene and three male suspects got into a vehicle, a black Chevy Pickup, and eluded police. As the vehicle was fleeing the area it came within inches of striking an occupied patrol vehicle. Police watched the suspect vehicle lose control near the 300 block of E Dowling Road after striking a snow berm (apparently there are some left in Anchorage) and the vehicle came to a stop. The suspects fled from the vehicle on foot. Multiple spools of copper wire were observed in the back of the truck and bolt cutters were observed inside of the truck.

    A K9 track was launched to locate the suspects. Officers were able to locate one suspect who was on the porch of a residence in the area and he was taken into custody. The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Rick Moa. The other two suspects were located by K9 “Doc” inside of a greenhouse in the back yard of a residence located on the 300 block of Fischer Avenue. The suspects found hiding in the greenhouse were identified as 31-year-old Johnny Rhode and 30-year-old Shane Felise. They were taken into custody.

    All three suspects were charged and remanded to the Anchorage Jail.

    Shane Felise was charged with Burglary 2, Criminal Trespass 1, Theft 2 and Criminal Mischief 4, Resist/Interfere Arrest.

    Johnny Rhode was charged with Fail to Stop at Direction of an Officer, Criminal Trespass 1, Theft 2, Assault 3, Burglary 2, Resist/Interfere Arrest, Criminal Mischief 4, and also had an outstanding warrant.

    Rick Moa was charged with Criminal Trespass 1, Burglary 2, Criminal Mischief 4, Theft 2, Resist/Interfere Arrest.

    APD Case: 15-52642

    Photo Caption: APD K9 “Doc”

    Contact Information:
    Jennifer Castro
    Public Affairs Unit
    907-786-8571
    jcastro@muni.org


  • Police – FBI Asking Public For Help Identifying and Locating Bank Robber

    Anchorage Police are working with the FBI in investigating a robbery at the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union located on 2600 Debarr this morning.

    Police received a report of the robbery at the bank just after 10:40 a.m. The robbery suspect was described as a white male, possibly in his 20s, with a medium build, and average height. The robbery suspect left the bank on foot and headed southbound towards Airport Heights Elementary.

    Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to contact police dispatch at 786-8600 and press “0” to speak with a dispatcher. To provide an anonymous crime tip, please contact Anchorage Crimestoppers at 561-STOP or go online to www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com

    Contact Information:
    Jennifer Castro
    Public Affairs Unit
    907-786-8571
    jcastro@muni.org

     


  • Police Investigating Stabbing at Apartment Residence, Suspect in Custody

    Anchorage police are investigating a stabbing at an apartment residence located on the 1000 block of E 9th Avenue. Police were called just before 6 a.m. reporting that an adult female had multiple stab wounds and needed medical attention. Officers and medics responded to the scene, and the female was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds. A suspect was taken into custody at the residence and is also being treated at a local hospital for a severe cut. Alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident. The stabbing is still under investigation and additional information will be released as it comes available.

    APD Case 15-52669

    Contact Information:
    Jennifer Castro
    Public Affairs Unit
    907-786-8571
    jcastro@muni.org


  • Suspect Identified Following Standoff

    Updated Release:

    Officers have charged 63 year old Isabelita Trias with one count of Assault 3. She was taken to the Anchorage Jail where she is being held on $1500 bail cash/corporate.

    Updated Release:

    A standoff between Anchorage police and an armed female who was inside of a residence on Juneau Drive has ended peacefully. The female suspect was taken into custody around 11:20 a.m. after gas was deployed inside of the home. There were no reported injuries involved in the incident. Charges are pending for the female suspect who had threatened residents at the home with a knife prior to police response.

    Original Release: 

    At about 5:51 AM, Anchorage Police responded to a report of a female with a knife who had just threatened persons inside her assisted living home, located at the 1600 block of Juneau Drive.  No injuries have been reported, and no one is currently inside the residence with the woman; however, she has barricaded herself inside the home and refuses to come out.  Juneau Street is closed between 16th and 17th Avenues during this incident.

    APD SWAT is on scene as well as Negotiators who are attempting to negotiate with the woman; however, if those negotiations fail, gas may be deployed in an attempt to apprehend the suspect. There is a low risk factor with this gas deployment; however, police would like to alert citizens with any respiratory problems. Please be advised and keep windows and doors closed at this time.  Thank you for your cooperation during our response.


  • Standoff Ends on Juneau Drive with Suspect in Custody

    Updated Release:

    A standoff between Anchorage police and an armed female who was inside of a residence on Juneau Drive has ended peacefully. The female suspect was taken into custody around 11:20 a.m. after gas was deployed inside of the home. There were no reported injuries involved in the incident. Charges are pending for the female suspect who had threatened residents at the home with a knife prior to police response.

    Original Release: 

    At about 5:51 AM, Anchorage Police responded to a report of a female with a knife who had just threatened persons inside her assisted living home, located at the 1600 block of Juneau Drive.  No injuries have been reported, and no one is currently inside the residence with the woman; however, she has barricaded herself inside the home and refuses to come out.  Juneau Street is closed between 16th and 17th Avenues during this incident.

    APD SWAT is on scene as well as Negotiators who are attempting to negotiate with the woman; however, if those negotiations fail, gas may be deployed in an attempt to apprehend the suspect. There is a low risk factor with this gas deployment; however, police would like to alert citizens with any respiratory problems. Please be advised and keep windows and doors closed at this time.  Thank you for your cooperation during our response.

    Contact Information:
    Anita Shell
    Public Affairs Unit
    907-786-8664
    ashell@muni.org


  • Large Police Presence on Juneau Drive

    At about 5:51 AM, Anchorage Police responded to a report of a female with a knife who had just threatened persons inside her assisted living home, located at the 1600 block of Juneau Drive.  No injuries have been reported, and no one is currently inside the residence with the woman; however, she has barricaded herself inside the home and refuses to come out.  Juneau Street is closed between 16th and 17th Avenues during this incident.

    APD SWAT is on scene as well as Negotiators who are attempting to negotiate with the woman; however, if those negotiations fail, gas may be deployed in an attempt to apprehend the suspect. There is a low risk factor with this gas deployment; however, police would like to alert citizens with any respiratory problems. Please be advised and keep windows and doors closed at this time.  Thank you for your cooperation during our response.

    Contact Information:
    Anita Shell
    Public Affairs
    907-786-8664
    ashell@muni.org


  • Police Seek Suspect in Mt. View Shooting

    Anchorage Police are investigating a shooting that occurred in Mt. View at about 7:30 PM tonight that left one man injured.

    According to witnesses, a 19-year-old male got into an altercation with another male in the parking lot of a liquor store located near Mt. View Drive and Klevin Street.  The altercation ended when the 19-year-old was shot by the suspect who then fled the scene in a vehicle.  The 19-year-old was transported to a local hospital with what appears to be a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm.

    At this time, officers are not releasing the name of the victim or a description of the shooter and his vehicle.  No additional information will be released this evening.

    APD Case:  15-52474

    Contact Information:
    Anita Shell
    Public Affairs
    907-786-8664
    ashell@muni.org


  • Driver facing several charges after crashing into gas pumps

    At 11:24 PM on Friday, December 25, 2015, an Anchorage Police Officer observed a 2005 red Chevy Malibu being driven recklessly while traveling southbound on Old Seward near Denali.  The vehicle was swerving across lanes and hit the median several times. The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over at Old Seward and Gambell.  The vehicle did not stop, and continued southbound on Old Seward at approximately 30 miles per hour.  After running the red light at Old Seward and International, the vehicle accelerated and attempted to make a westbound turn onto Dowling.  Because the vehicle was traveling at such a high rate of speed at this point, it was unable to make the corner.  The vehicle became airborne, ran over a curb and up a hill, crashed through a fence, and came to a stop when it collided with a cement barrier pillar next to the gas pumps at Tesoro.  Both the pillar and vehicle suffered extensive damage.  There were no observations of any gas leaking from the pump itself.

    After the crash, a female later identified as 24-year-old Brittany Haselow crawled through the driver’s side window and began to run away.  There were several officers in the area, and she was taken into custody before she was able to get out of the parking lot.

    Haselow suffered minor injuries from the crash and was evaluated by medics at the scene.  Haselow had an outstanding felony warrant for her arrest.  Additionally she was charged with OUI, Criminal Mischief III, Misconduct Involving a Weapon III, Eluding, and Reckless Endangerment.  Her bail was set at $25,000 c/c plus third party, and $25,000 cash only.

    There was a male passenger in Haselow’s vehicle at the time of the crash.  He was uninjured and not charged with any crime.  A handgun was found in the vehicle which was a violation as Haselow is a convicted felon.

    APD 15-52112

    Contact Information:
    Renee Oistad
    Public Affairs
    907-786-8686
    roistad@muni.org