APD: Eagle River man hit mother, stole from daughter

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:57
  • An Anchorage Police Department patrol car at the Eagle River Shopping Center, February 2017. (Star file photo/Kirsten Swann)

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.

On Jan. 15 at around 11:18 p.m. police were called to a residence on Whirlaway Road for a report of an assault. According to police, Tyler J. Skeel, 39, of Eagle River allegedly got into an argument with his mother when she refused to give him a ride to the store. Police said Skeel yelled at the woman, pulled her hair and struck her in the face several times. He also allegedly knocked things over in the living room and broke a door frame.

Police said Skeel then went into his teen daughter’s bedroom, began yelling at her and “tore apart” her room and his own. He then allegedly stole cash and gift cards from his daughter and left the house.

Police said Skeel returned to the home while officers were searching for him. Police returned to the home and arrested Skeel on charges of third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree theft. As of Tuesday, Jan. 22 Skeel remained in jail on a $3,000 cash performance bond.

Crash leads to gun arrest

On Jan. 13 police responding to a vehicle crash on the Glenn Highway arrested a 50-year-old Wasilla man on charges of weapons misconduct and operating under the influence.

According to APD, David G. Ballard was driving north on the Glenn. Police said Ballard was “paying attention to an unrelated crash” in the other lane and in the process rear-ended the driver in front of him.

Officers on the scene said Ballard appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. When he reached into his vehicle to retrieve his wallet, police said they saw a handgun in a holster in the car.

Ballard was arrested and charged with operating under the influence and being drunk while in possession of a firearm.

Stolen vehicle recovered before it’s reported stolen

On Jan. 11 APD received a report that a 2001 Chevy Tahoe had been stolen from a driveway on Eleonora Street overnight. The owner said he did not report the vehicle stolen right away because he thought his girlfriend had it. As it turned out, police said the vehicle had been found abandoned the previous day in Eagle River and impounded by police for safekeeping.

Citizen call results in DUI arrest

On Jan. 12 at around 3:08 a.m. police received a call about a black BMW parked next to the Tesoro gas station in Eagle River with a man who appeared to be intoxicated behind the wheel. Police arrived and arrested Jeramy M. Tester, 25, of Chugiak for operating under the influence.

House burgled while occupants at church

On Jan. 12 at around 5 p.m. police received a report that someone broke into a home on First Street while the occupants were at church. Several items were reported missing.

Off-duty officers spot DUI suspects

On Jan. 13 at around 12:10 a.m. an off-duty APD officer reported a vehicle in the ditch on the Glenn Highway with an apparently intoxicated driver. On-duty officers arrived and arrested Steven M. McDonald, 32, of Palmer for operating under the influence.

On Jan. 14 at around 10:29 p.m. an off-duty APD officer driving on the Glenn Highway in his patrol car spotted a pickup truck allegedly weaving and failing to maintain its lane. The officer stopped the vehicle and police said Michael A. Peterson, 41, of Eagle River was arrested for operating under the influence.

Sick day

On Jan. 14 at around 10:16 a.m. police were notified that a Chugiak High student reported getting sick after smoking marijuana before school. The student was transported by medics for evaluation, police said.

Sibling row leads to police call

On Jan. 18 at around 1:08 a.m. police were called to Yellowstone Drive for a report of two teen sisters fighting. Police said both had minor injuries but they had no cause to determine who was the aggressor; no charges were filed and the girls were separated for the night.

False alarm

On Jan. 18 at around 12:45 p.m. police said they responded to Chugiak High for a report of an assault. According to police, a student said he’d been assaulted by his father at home before coming to school. Police said they spoke to the father and son and determined the boy “made up the story because he was upset.”


Anchorage Police Department calls for Jan. 11-19, 2019:

Friday, Jan. 11

1:15 a.m. - Traffic violations - Birchwood Loop

2 p.m. - Theft - Coronado Road

7:41 p.m. - Traffic collision - S. Kanaga Loop

8:54 p.m. - Traffic collision - Borealis/Coronado

9 p.m. - Stolen vehicle - Eleonora St.

10:31 p.m. - Traffic violations - E. Eagle River Loop

Saturday, Jan. 12

3:08 a.m. - DUI - Old Glenn

12:17 p.m. - Traffic violations - Iris/Schroeder

4 p.m. - Assault - Denaina Drive

5 p.m. - Burglary - First Street

Sunday, Jan. 13

12:10 a.m. - DUI - Old Glenn

2:46 a.m. - DWLS - North Eagle River

3:50 a.m. - Vehicle tampering - Stillwater Drive

12:54 p.m. - Theft - VFW Road

5:17 p.m. - Traffic collision - Volyles

6:42 p.m. - Traffic collision - Glenn Highway/Eklutna Village

7:26 p.m. - Traffic collision w/arrest - Glenn Highway/Eklutna Village

9:08 p.m. - Traffic collision - Eklutna Village Road

10:41 p.m. - Traffic collision - Glenn/Artillery Road

Monday, Jan. 14

12:37 a.m. - Traffic collision - Old Glenn

10:16 a.m. - Marijuana possession - S. Birchwood Loop

1:19 p.m. - Traffic collision - S. Birchwood Loop

4:30 p.m. - Theft - VFW Road

5:13 p.m. - Disturbance - Business Boulevard

10:29 p.m. - DUI - E. Eagle River Loop

11:23 p.m. - Warrant - Old Glenn

Tuesday, Jan. 15

4:14 a.m. - Disturbance - Caribou Street

6:27 a.m. - Traffic collision - Old Glenn

11:05 a.m. - Juvenile problem - S. Birchwood Loop

12:08 p.m. - Warrant - Old Glenn

2:04 p.m. - Traffic violations - Glenn Highway

5:10 p.m. - Traffic collision - Old Glenn

10:20 p.m. - Traffic violations - Bear View Place

10:27 p.m. - Disturbance - S. Birchwood Loop

11:18 p.m. - Assault - Whirlaway Road

11:43 p.m. - Disturbance - VFW Road

Wednesday, Jan. 16

10:23 a.m. - Traffic collision - Eklutna Village Road

12:12 p.m. - Traffic collision - Glenn Highway

2:10 p.m. - Traffic violation - Hiland Road

Thursday, Jan. 17

9:43 p.m. - Disturbance - Yellowstone Circle

9:55 p.m. - DWLS - N. Juanita Loop

Friday, Jan. 18

1:08 a.m. - Assault - Yellowstone Drive

4:11 a.m. - Traffic violations - E. Eagle River Loop

12:45 p.m. - Assault - S. Birchwood Loop

1:43 p.m. - Traffic collision - Eagle River Road

3:15 p.m. - Warrant - Old Glenn

7:18 p.m. - Traffic collision - Old Glenn

Saturday, Jan. 19

2:55 a.m. - Disturbance - Mirror Lake Drive

10 a.m. - Disturbance - Cam Island

1:58 p.m. - Traffic collision - Glenn Highway

5 p.m. - Stolen vehicle - Birchwood Loop

5:20 p.m. - Traffic collision - Glenn Highway

5:43 p.m. - Theft - Regency Drive

3:28 p.m. - Traffic collision - Glenn Highway

6:16 p.m. - Traffic collision - N. Eagle River

8:06 p.m. - DUI - Glenn Highway

5:21 p.m. - Disturbance - Marcus Street

7:07 p.m. - Theft - Eagle River Road

8:54 p.m. - Warrant - Old Glenn

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