Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Gun Threat On Fort Wainwright Leads To Arrest
Two men are accused of threatening a Fort Wainwright soldier with a gun Tuesday night on post. One has been arrested, but another remains at large.
FAIRBANKS — Two men are accused of threatening a Fort Wainwright soldier with a gun Tuesday night on post. One has been arrested, but another remains at large.
Keshawn Parker, a 21-year-old military household member, was arrested after the incident and charged with felony robbery, theft and assault, according to a complaint signed by military police and filed at the Rabinowitz Courthouse Wednesday. He was apprehended at his on-base home by military police and gave police a partial confession, according to the complaint.
The only thing he stole, according to the complaint, was a Kansas City Royals baseball hat.
The other suspect, a 25-year-old civilian named Melvin Belle, was still at large as of Thursday night, according to Fairbanks police. Military police consider him armed and potentially dangerous.
The victim and two witnesses, all soldiers in the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade, told military police they encountered the suspects driving in another vehicle off-post and then saw them again when they returned to their barracks at about 11 p.m. There was also another man they identified only as “Mario,” according to the complaint.
When they got to the barracks, Parker allegedly struck the victim in the face, knocking the Royals hat off his head. Belle then reportedly pointed the gun at the victim and Parker picked up the hat and said he was going to take it. The three men then left the area. Military police recovered a 9-millimeter cartridge from the scene, according to the complaint.
Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545.