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“Neighborhood threat” reported in Jewel Lake

By KTVA CBS 11 News 3:00 AM November 18, 2013

Community council president warns of evening beating, robbery

ANCHORAGE – Sunday afternoon, the president of the Bayshore/Klatt Community Council sent an email to members of the council’s mailing list: “possible community threat.”

Bob Hoffman said his friend was beaten and robbed last Tuesday evening near the Jewel Lake Road fire station.

“He had to spend two days in the hospital because of it,” Hoffman wrote. “There is more to the story and some other scary stuff that also happened.”

According to Hoffman’s email, his friend was approached by two men wearing overcoats and carrying flowers. They asked the friend if he knew Jesus. They asked if he had heard of Mormons.

Then, Hoffman wrote, a third man attacked his friend from behind, choking him and beating him briefly unconscious.

“APD was rather slow to respond but said the same MO was being used on the east side of town,” Hoffman wrote. “I am sending this out so people can be aware. I think they may have been looking for unoccupied homes and the first two males were the ones going door-to-door to check while posing as Mormons as a ruse.”

Hoffman wouldn’t reveal his friend’s name. Anchorage police weren’t immediately available for comment.

Hoffman asked residents to report suspicious activity to the Anchorage Police Department.

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