• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 50s

Family says they were home invasion targets

By Hope Miller 5:57 PM April 2, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

Five people were detained for questioning Wednesday after a family said they were victims of two attempted home invasions this week.

Sunday night around 11 p.m. was the first time a group of men tried to enter the Cole family’s home on East 65th Avenue, said Denise Cole. She was at home, along with her husband and two of their six children.

The men came up to their home and banged on the front door, which woke 22-year-old Denise Cole and her husband Paul Cole, 28. One man hopped their fence and went to the back door, she said. The man slid the door open, triggering their burglary alarm. The man then fled, Denise Cole said, along with the others.

Police responded to the report, said spokeswoman Jennifer Castro, but no suspects were found.

When a group approached the home Wednesday around noon, her husband and one of their children were home while Denise Cole was in class at Alaska Community College. He phoned her and told her what happened, Denise Cole said, and she rushed home.

“My husband took days off work just for this reason,” she said. “Just to watch the house.”

By the time she got back home, five men were in custody, Denise Cole said. All five of them were armed, she said police told her.

Dispatch received a citizen report just after noon that people “were knocking on the door and appeared to be armed,” Castro said.

When police arrived, two people ran and another three were spotted in a nearby vehicle, Castro said. Police were able to track down all five and detained them for questioning. Police say they are investigating the incident.

“Right now we’re just waiting to figure out what’s going on,” Denise Cole said.

Denise Cole says she doesn’t know the men personally, but has a friend who does. They call themselves the Fight Squad, she said, which she says she’s never heard of before.

On March 8, there was a reported armed robbery in South Anchorage. No suspects have been taken into custody, but police said they believe the robbery was drug-related.

On March 17, another South Anchorage armed robbery was reported. Police said they believe the home was targeted.

Latest Stories

  • Weather

    Daybreak weather, Dec. 19

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 19, 7:43

    Mostly to partly cloudy skies today with a few rain and snow showers for the Prince William Sound and eastern Kenai Peninsula. In the Southeast skies will remain gray with some rain showers. In the Interior skies will be mostly sunny for most of the region. On the North Slopes skies will be mostly cloudy […]

  • News

    ‘Ghost barge’ in Russia now

    by Rhonda McBride on Dec 19, 7:20

    After a barge was cut loose from a tug during a severe October storm north of Canada, it was dubbed the “ghost barge,” because no one was on it. But somehow it managed to travel 500 miles and remain intact. The Marine Exchange of Alaska, which tracks shipping in the Bering Sea, says it recently […]

  • Sports

    Barrow’s Hepa highlights the T-Bird Classic

    by KTVA Sports on Dec 19, 7:04

    Freshman big man Kamaka Hepa led Barrow to a first-round win against Kodiak 64-26 in the T-Bird Classic Thursday night. Hepa finished the night with 24 points and nine rebounds. In other T-Bird Classic games, Ila Hughes and Charmaine Fabricante led the Kodiak girl’s team over the Service Cougars 59-29. Hughes finished with 17 points […]

  • Lifestyle

    Alone on Denali in January

    by John Thain on Dec 19, 6:45

    Climbing season on Denali is long over, but for Lonnie Dupre, it’s just beginning. The 53-year-old Minnesota man is attempting to be the first person to summit it alone in January. It’s his fourth attempt after trying similar expeditions in 2013, 2012, and 2011. The closest he came was just over 17,000 feet (summit is […]

  • News

    NTSB works to improve safety in Alaska skies

    by Dave Leval on Dec 18, 22:51

    The National Transportation Safety Board has new investigators to find out what causes plane crashes in Alaska: There are now four in the Anchorage office after the agency recently added two new people. The two additions include the first female investigator in the state, Millicent Hoidal. “It shouldn’t be a surprise,” Hoidal said. “I should […]

  • On-Air

    Get Out: Brett takes a phat ride on a fat ride

    by Brett Shepard on Dec 18, 22:25

    It’s been a bleak winter for snow lovers like myself, but that’s not stopping me from getting out. This week I took part in one of the fastest growing sports in Anchorage. “Everyone has a fat bike now. Anchorage is the mecca of fat biking, so it’s great,” said Will Ross, race director of the Abominable […]

  • News

    Early homecoming brings Christmas surprise for Anchorage third grader

    by Heather Hintze on Dec 18, 22:00

    Sounds of Christmas cheer floated through the hallways at O’Malley Elementary School Thursday morning. The students from Renee Hughes’ third grade class, including 8-year-old Emory Fedd, thought the news cameras were there to hear them sing carols. Instead we were waiting for his mom, Capt. Katrina Fedd, home from deployment in Korea. “It’s the holidays. […]

  • News

    New fire station fills gaps in Mat-Su coverage

    by Shannon Ballard on Dec 18, 21:21

    There’s a brand new public safety building in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Central Mat-Su firefighters and EMS are packing up and moving in. Station 51 is the borough’s largest: It cost $8 million and has a lot of unique features, including a drive-in apparatus bay for ambulances and fire trucks, a central warehouse for stocking medical supplies and […]