POLICE BRIEFS: Employee takes ride on hood of suspect’s vehicle after robbery

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:32

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

A male suspect stole a bag from Polaris at about 2:38 p.m. on Jan. 22, ran out of the business with it, and got into the driver’s seat of a vehicle. As the suspect attempted to drive away, the Polaris employee stood in front of the vehicle and was subsequently struck by it.

The employee ended up on the hood of the suspect’s vehicle and he stayed on the hood for approximately 100 yards before the vehicle came to a stop. Another employee got into a vehicle and blocked the suspect’s path on Snowmobile Lane; the first employee climbed off the hood.

The suspect reversed and drove to the opposite end of the street that was a dead end.

Both the male suspect and a female passenger fled on foot. The stolen bag was recovered from inside the vehicle. There were no injuries and this case is still pending.


Catch and release

A homeowner was awoken at 1:22 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, by his dogs growling. The homeowner found a male rummaging around inside a shed on his property. Officers arrived and made contact with the suspect. Nothing was stolen or damaged therefore the homeowner declined to press charges.


Ex makes threats

A woman called APD and made a report at 2:17 p.m. on Jan. 22 regarding her ex-boyfriend who was randomly showing up at her residence to find out whether or not she was there with anyone. The ex-boyfriend had also made threats to kill a male friend of hers. The officers attempted to contact the suspect but were unable to. The female was advised on how to apply for a restraining order.


Traffic stop leads to drug bust

An officer conducted a traffic stop on a Hyundai that had been speeding on the Glenn Highway at 8:75 p.m. on Jan. 22. The driver, 47-year-old Leo W. Hanna of Eagle River, was taken into custody for three outstanding warrants with bail totaling $60,000. While transporting Hanna to jail, he dropped a baggie containing meth inside the patrol car. Hanna was jailed on the existing warrants and was additionally charged with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance IV.


Ditch to DUI

Officers responded at 2:43 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, to the reports of a woman who had driven into a ditch. Upon arrival officers made contact with the driver, 28-year-old Rachael C. Sabado of Eagle River, who was showing signs of intoxication. Sabado was arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence.

Domestic violence to DUI

Officers responded to a residence on Ludlow Circle in reference to a disturbance. The victim stated that her girlfriend, Jessica Villacorta, had hit her in the face with her fist. The officer did observe a raised lump above the victim’s eye. The victim told police she ran to the bathroom and locked herself inside; Jessica damaged the door during her attempt to break in.

The victim was able to get away and drive to a relative’s house for help; Jessica followed in another vehicle. Officers contacted both Villacorta and the victim at the relative’s house. Villacorta was ultimately arrested and charged with DV Assault, Criminal Mischief, and Operating Under the Influence.


Joyride costs $5K plus gas

A female spent the night at a friend’s house. During the night when the girls were asleep, the friend’s juvenile younger brother stole the vehicle, drove around with two other friends, and then returned the vehicle to the house.

When the owner got ready to leave the following morning at 5:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, she noticed the vehicle was nearly out of gas and the car had approximately $5,000 worth of new damage which included a bent frame and flat tire. No charges have been filed at this time as the case is still under investigation.

Lost rental car turns up

A citizen called APD to report his rental car stolen on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The driver stated he got the Toyota Corolla stuck and left it behind; he may have left the keys with it. When the driver returned five hours later, he discovered the vehicle was gone.

Four days later an Eagle River resident called police to report a Toyota Corolla that had slid down a hill and hit a log on his property. The caller advised the vehicle had actually shown up four days before but he was just now calling. An officer responded and had the vehicle towed from the scene.

In through the doggie door

An officer responded at 1:20 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, to a home in reference to a burglary. The home had previously suffered fire damage. For that reason the homeowner was not currently living there but there were construction workers in the house every day making repairs. The owner also stopped by the house daily to check on it. The owner stated she visited the house one evening and everything was fine.

The very next day she noticed several items had been stolen from the garage. It appears the suspect or suspects may have made entry into the home through an unsecured doggie door.

Hanger break-in

While homeowners were on vacation someone turned off the circuit breaker to their home and pried open a door to their airplane hanger, they reported on Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

It did not immediately appear that anything had been taken; damage to the door was approximately $500.


Unloading while loaded

Police responded at 9:37 p.m. on Jan. 29 to reports of an intoxicated male firing shots from his home. There were no injuries or reports of damage. This case is still pending.

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