Police allege man knocked woman out during fight
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.
Police arrested a 34-year-old Eagle River man on May 4 on charges of assault, family violence and interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime after he allegedly threw a woman to the ground hard enough to knock her out.
According to police, Adam Smith got into a fight with his girlfriend on April 28 at their residence in Eagle River.
“During the assault Smith threw the victim down to the floor which caused her to lose consciousness,” police wrote, noting there were two children in the home at the time of the alleged assault.
Police said the woman told Smith she needed to go to the hospital, but he refused to let her use her phone. He eventually allowed her to go to the hospital, police said, but not before telling her to lie about what happened. Police said she went to the hospital, where medical personnel confirmed she had been injured.
Vehicle lost and found
On April 29 at around 8 p.m. police received a report from a woman who said her 1993 Mazda was stolen from the Thunderbird Falls trail parking lot. The woman told police that when she returned to the vehicle about an hour after parking, all that remained was broken glass.
Five days later the woman called the police to tell them she found the vehicle abandoned off Eklutna Village Road.
On April 30 at around 5:24 a.m. police responded to a home on Delores Drive for a disturbance. Police said one of the adults involved had visible injuries, but no arrests were made. On Monday, police said the case remains under investigation.
Woman arrested for domestic violence
On April 30 at around 3:36 p.m. police arrested Michelle E. Rivera, 33, of Chugiak after she allegedly assaulted her daughter during an argument. Police said the teenager had visible injuries and was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
On May 3 at around 12:24 p.m., police received a report from someone who discovered damage to their van. Police said the van’s back window was still in the pane but there was spiderwebbed glass and two holes in the middle. Police said the owner said the van had been parked since the fall, but the vandalism wasn’t discovered until May.
Apartment burglary reported
On May 4 at around 10:29 p.m., police responded to a report of a burglary on End Street, where the residents of an apartment said someone entered their home while they were away and stole several items from inside. Police said the residents told them they had dead-bolted the front door when they left, but when they returned the door was slightly open; police said there was no sign of forced entry.
Teen arrested for damaging home
On May 5 at around 3:12 p.m., police responded to a report of an assault on Yellowstone Drive for a report that a teen had vandalized the inside of their home after they got into an argument. The juvenile was arrested and police said charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Police make back-to-back impaired driving busts
On May 5 at around 9:11 p.m., a police officer with the APD impaired driving enforcement unit stopped to check on a vehicle on the side of the Glenn Highway with its hazard lights on and arrested the driver, Bradley S. Carlson, 24, of Anchorage for operating under the influence. While the officer had Carlson pulled over, a report came in of a green sedan driving dangerously. Police said the officer spotted the sedan and alerted another officer who was in the area.
The second officer caught up to the second driver near Mirror Lake and arrested Thomas F. Nelson, 50, for operating under the influence. Nelson was on the municipality’s Scofflaw List, police said, so his vehicle was impounded. Police said Nelson was also cited for driving without insurance and driving with a suspended license.