Few answers on south Anchorage raid from police, troopers
A dramatic law-enforcement raid at a south Anchorage home this week has produced at least one arrest but almost no further information from the agencies involved.
Residents of Heather Meadows Loop, off Brayton Drive near Abbott Road, first began talking about the incident in posts on the Anchorage Scanner Joe Facebook group Wednesday evening. Commenters said numerous Anchorage police units, including the department’s crime-scene RV – typically deployed for investigations of homicides and other major crimes – were at the scene, as well as Alaska State Troopers.
A photo of the scene, posted by a Scanner Joe member, shows officers gathered outside a two-story home in tactical gear as the residence was illuminated by searchlights. Another photo, posted by another group member, showed an officer near the home holding a rifle.
Anchorage police spokesman MJ Thim deferred comment to troopers, saying APD assets were deployed to support an AST investigation.
Troopers spokesman Tim DeSpain provided a brief dispatch on the case Thursday, saying only that 26-year-old Anchorage resident Helen Them was arrested at about 7 p.m. Wednesday on outstanding misdemeanor warrants. She was held at the Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility on $1,500 bail after she was “contacted as an occupant of a residence in Anchorage during an unrelated investigation.”
Asked about the nature of the ongoing investigation, DeSpain said investigators had declined to offer further details Friday.
Court records showed Them was wanted for failure to appear in court in cases related to Palmer arrests for DUI and driving without a valid license. An Alaska inmate database listed her as in custody at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center.
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