Shoplifting suspect struck vehicle in 15th Avenue car crash, police say
An armed shoplifting suspect driving away from an East Anchorage grocery store Saturday hit another vehicle along 15th Avenue, according to Anchorage police, while being pursued by officers near Merrill Field.
No injuries were reported in the collision at 15th's intersection with Sitka Street, police spokesman MJ Thim said.
The chain of events leading to the crash began at about 3 p.m. at the Carrs Safeway store in the Northway Mall on Penland Parkway, Thim said, where a suspect who had a gun but didn’t fire it had taken goods from the store.
Responding officers followed the suspect’s vehicle south and west as it left the mall, then got onto 15th.
“The suspect ended up hitting a civilian vehicle at Sitka and 15th,” Thim said. “That’s where we took the person into custody, as well as another person within the vehicle.”
The names of those taken into custody at the crash site weren’t immediately available Saturday afternoon.
The crash temporarily closed 15th, but the avenue had reopened to traffic by 4 p.m. Saturday.