Eagle River man charged with assaulting debt collector
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 Sept. 13 at around 7:56 p.m. police said they received a report of an assault on a process server. According to police, a woman went to the Eagle River home of 26-year-old Michael T. Johnson “to serve him paperwork regarding an unpaid debt.” Police said Johnson allegedly shoved the woman to the ground and held her there by her throat before letting her up. Police said the woman had visible injuries.
Court records show Johnson was released from custody Sept. 16 on a $500 cash performance bond with an alcohol monitoring requirement.
Vehicle recovered, firearm remains missing
On Sept. 9 at around 9:42 a.m. police received a report that a 1996 GMC pickup with a firearm inside had been stolen overnight from a driveway on Teklanika Drive. Several hours later, police said the owner of the vehicle called them to say he’d spotted the vehicle being driven. Police said the driver of the vehicle ditched the pickup on VFW Road and ran from the scene before their arrival. As of Monday, police said the whereabouts of both the suspect and stolen gun were unknown.
Police separate couple
On Sept. 11 at around 5 p.m. police investigated a report of a fight between a man and a woman on Borealis Street. Police said officers found both parties had assaulted each other and, after consulting with a municipal prosecutor, decided not to charge either party. Police did, however, separate the couple for the night.
Woman tells police she thinks she was shot at
On Sept. 12 at around 6:33 a.m. police said they received a call from a woman who thought she had been shot at in traffic on the Glenn Highway. According to police, the woman told them she was inbound on the Glenn when “she got behind a Chevy pickup that was driving very slowly.” The woman said she passed the truck, at which point the Chevy began tailgating her and turned on its high beams. The woman told police the truck then pulled alongside her and she heard two noises she believed were gunshots — though she did not see a gun and her vehicle was undamaged. Police said the woman told them the truck took the Eklutna exit and she continued on before pulling over to call 911.
Operating under the influence arrests made
On Sept. 2 at around 1:34 p.m. an APD officer stopped a gray Dodge pickup that was allegedly weaving in and out of traffic on the Glenn Highway and arrested Bibianna L. Bennett, 34, of Nuiqsut for operating under the influence.
On Sept. 12 at around 3:52 p.m. police said they received a report of a woman driving while intoxicated in a residential neighborhood off South Birchwood Loop. Police said that while officers were searching for the vehicle, another call came in about a suspicious occupied vehicle parked at an intersection. Police said the vehicles were the same and arrested driver Tanya M. Hughes, 47, of Chugiak for felony operating under the influence for three or more such infractions in the past 10 years.
Vehicle speeds off
On Sept. 4 at around 2:48 a.m. an APD officer attempted to stop a black Saturn that was allegedly speeding in a construction zone on the Glenn Highway. Police said that after the officer turned on his lights and siren, the driver of the vehicle ran over traffic cones and sped off at more than 100 mph — at which point the officer ended the pursuit.
On Sept. 8 at around 12:06 p.m. police received a report that someone broke a window at a home on Oberg Road and got into a garage, but nothing appeared to have been stolen.
On Sept. 13 at around 8:46 a.m. police said they received a report that someone entered a home for sale on Banner Circle and stole several items from inside.