Man steals SUV at gunpoint, rammed by cop car
Anchorage Police have identified the man who allegedly stole a Subaru Forester at gunpoint Tuesday night, then was stopped by a squad car that collided with the vehicle and apprehended by a police K-9.
Michael Eugene Sampo, 28, was named Wednesday by police, who say he faces "multiple charges" in the case including first-degree robbery, vehicle theft and reckless endangerment. Court records list 10 charges against him including counts of robbery, assault, theft, vehicle theft, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.
APD spokesperson MJ Thim said police received a tip from a Nixle subscriber saying they saw the stolen vehicle driving northbound on Seward Highway near Benson Boulevard, heading towards downtown. Police caught up to the SUV near 15th Avenue and Denali Street and followed it to 5th Avenue and Concrete Street intersection, where one of the squad cars rammed into the Forester to stop it -- for public safety concerns.
Thim says Sampo was armed and tried to take off on foot, but a police K-9 was able to take him down not too far from the scene and he was arrested.
Earlier, police responded to the carjacking call at the Subway located at 701 Northway Drive, just after 7 p.m, Thim said. The female victim told police when she walked out of Subway, a man who was at the bus stop approached her, demanded her car and pulled out a gun and fired a round into the ground, then took off in her car.
The woman and the officer involved in the crash were not hurt.
Editor's note: Anchorage police initially identified the suspect as Eugene Sampo, not Michael Eugene Sampo.