Anchorage man shot by police during 2009 Eagle River burglary arrested for fourth time since August

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 11:44

An Anchorage man who was shot in the chest by police while robbing an Eagle River pharmacy in 2009 has been arrested for the fourth time since August, this time after allegedly stealing a motorhome in Chugiak.

According to Anchorage Police Department, officers were called at around 5 a.m. on April 19 by a woman who said her father’s motorhome had been stolen from a residence on Scenic Drive and was being driven away. Police said the motorhome had been parked with the keys inside.

Police said they were able to locate and stop the vehicle on the Old Glenn Highway near Eklutna Lake Road. Officers arrested the driver, 33-year-old Mathew A. Sanchez, on three outstanding warrants as well as charges of first-degree theft, providing false information and a probation violation. Police said Sanchez initially tried to give them a fake name.

Court records show the two-time felon has been arrested four times since August, when he was charged with resisting arrest. On March 7 he was arrested by police in Anchorage and charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and providing false information; and on April 4 he was charged with providing false information to police in Wasilla.

Sanchez was no stranger to law enforcement even before his recent run of arrests. His most high profile brush with police came at around 1 a.m. on October 22, 2009, when APD officer Hunter Hasbrouck responded to a break-in at the Family Pharmacy on Business Boulevard in Eagle River, according to a police account of the incident. Hasbrouck said he saw Sanchez leaving the back door of the pharmacy “with a gun in one hand and a crowbar in the other,” police wrote.

“Officer Hasbrouck repeatedly instructed the suspect to drop the weapon of which the suspect did not comply,” police wrote. “Officer Hasbrouck shot the suspect in defense of his life.”

Sanchez was taken to Alaska Regional Hospital with gunshot wounds to the chest and was arrested on an outstanding warrant. At the time he was shot, Sanchez — who is originally from Eagle River — was out on bail facing multiple charges for an April 2009 case in which he was charged with more than 30 counts ranging from misconduct involving a controlled substance to forgery to making a false statement after he allegedly tried to forge prescriptions from a pad stolen from an Eagle River clinic.

Police charged Sanchez with eight felonies and six misdemeanors for the pharmacy burglary, including burglary, theft, misconduct involving a controlled substance, criminal mischief and violating his probation. He was denied bail after his father told the court he had removed an ankle monitor. According to police Sanchez denied selling drugs but admitted he was addicted to painkillers.

In 2011, Sanchez pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony, and one count of fourth-degree assault for the pharmacy case and to a single Class A felony misconduct involving a controlled substance charge for the prescription forgery case.

As of Tuesday, Sanchez remained in jail at the Anchorage Correctional Complex on a $1,500 unsecured bond with the condition he submit to electronic monitoring if released.

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