Arson, burglary suspect sought in Big Lake fire
Deputy fire marshals and Alaska State Troopers are seeking a Big Lake man accused of setting fire to a neighbor’s home in February after he allegedly burglarized it.
Jason Dwayne Hagen, 38, is being sought on charges of arson, burglary, criminal mischief, evidence tampering and theft in the Feb. 22 incident, troopers said in an online dispatch including multiple photos of him.
“Hagen is also known as Jasin Higgans, Leprechaun Hagen and Dirk Higgan,” troopers wrote. “Hagen is approximately [5 feet, 6 inches tall], between 154 and 170 pounds. He has green eyes and typically keeps his brown hair very short or shaved.”
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email that the fire was reported just after 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 22. The home, a large cabin, was damaged in the fire but wasn’t a total loss.
“Hagen lived in a trailer across the street from the private residence near Beaver Lake when he allegedly broke in and stole numerous items, to include tools, DVDs, food and alcohol, before setting fire to the place,” Peters wrote. “A neighbor saw the fire and reported it.”
Hagen was the only person was injured during the incident, when Peters said he cut himself during the break-in.
Anyone with information on Hagen’s whereabouts is asked to call 911 or contact Mat-Su dispatchers at 907-352-5401.