UPDATE: Police investigate string of Anchorage robberies
Updated on Jan. 9 at 3:45 p.m.
Anchorage police say they are trying to find a suspect who allegedly locked a group of employees in a freezer during a robbery on Saturday and may have been involved in two other robberies the same day.
At 4:41 a.m., police were called to a Holiday gas station near the corner of E. 68th Avenue and Lake Otis Parkway. A male suspect walked into the store and pointed a handgun at one of the employees and demanded money from the cash register. The suspect fled the Holiday on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Later that morning, just before 10:30 a.m., a male suspect matching the description of the suspect from the first robbery approached the drive-through window of the Muldoon Road McDonald’s. He pointed a gun at a female employee inside, who refused to open the drive-through window. The suspect then fled on foot, according to police.
At 10:38 a.m., police received a call about a third robbery at the Muldoon Road Arby’s. This time, a suspect matching the description of the other two robberies entered the restaurant and forced the three employees into the freezer and allegedly stole money from the cash register.
“A few moments later one of the employees, who was still wearing his headset, was alerted that a customer was in the drive-through attempting to order food,” police said in a statement. “The employee relayed to the customer what had happened and the customer called police.”
The employees let themselves out of the freezer, police said.
When asked if police believed the three crimes were related, APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad said, “It’s not definitive that they are related but we’re looking into the possibility.”
K-9 units were used in the search for the suspect, but so far no suspect has been identified or arrested.
Two fast food restaurants on Muldoon Road were robbed at gunpoint Saturday morning, police confirmed.
The Anchorage Police Department said the first robbery was reported at the McDonald’s near the Glenn Highway at 10:26 a.m. Less than 20 minutes later, the second robbery was reported at the nearby Arby’s.
No one was injured during either robbery at either restaurant, but employees at Arby’s reported being forced into the freezer by the gunman.
The Arby’s manager said that as of 1 p.m., the suspect had not been apprehended. Police would not immediately comment on whether the two robberies were related.
KTVA 11’s Eric Ruble contributed to this report.
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