Anchorage Police have arrested a halfway house-escapee after he threatened a man with a hammer. 

Sunday morning around 10:15, officers were called to the 7000 block of Stella Place after reports of vehicle prowlers. The complainant said he found a man and woman sleeping inside his pickup truck and noticed the ignition had been tampered with. 

The man then woke up the duo, later identified as 30-year-old Gary Kelso and 21-year-old Shelby Stitt, and, according to APD, Kelso exited the vehicle with a hammer and threatened the man, causing him to retreat back to his home. 

Kelso and Stitt then fled the scene on foot. An officer spotted the pair crossing Lake Otis near 68th Avenue. The officer activated his lights, exited the vehicle and announced himself, but Kelso and Stitt ignore commands and fled into a backyard in the 5300 block of Lauren Place, according to APD spokesperson Renee Oistad. 

A second officer arrived on scene. The officers gave chase briefly before locating the suspects several yards away in the 6100 block of Spruce Meadows Drive.

Both Kelso and Stitt were apprehended without further incident. 

Kelso was jailed on his outstanding escape warrant but was also charged with third-degree assault, resisting arrest and vehicle tampering. 

Stitt was charged with vehicle tampering and resisting arrest.

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