Two stolen vehicles recovered, 3 people arrested in separate events Wednesday
Officers with the Anchorage Police Department recovered two stolen vehicles and arrested three suspects in separate events during the early morning hours Wednesday.
Around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, the owner of the 2001 Chevy Silverado contacted the APD after spotting their stolen vehicle at a Holiday gas station on Tudor Rd.
Officers arrived and discovered the truck was running with two people still inside. After unsuccessfully ramming police vehicles in an effort to escape, the driver of the stolen truck fled on foot.
"The suspect exited the stolen vehicle and fled on foot with a gun creating a public safety threat," APD spokesperson MJ Thim wrote.
The driver of the stolen vehicle, identified as Cody Iverson, 23, eventually tossed the gun and was caught a short while later by police.
"During the arrest, the suspect gave officers a fake name," wrote Thim. "Officers successfully discovered [the] suspect’s true identity and found he had two outstanding felony warrants and one outstanding misdemeanor warrant."
Iverson was charged with vehicle theft, resisting arrest and felon in possession of a firearm.
The gun was inside the truck at the time it was stolen, according to APD.
The passenger inside the vehicle, identified as Angelette Hoffman, 20, was also arrested and faces multiple charges, including joyriding.
The second stolen vehicle recovered Wednesday, a 2015 Nissan Altima, was spotted by officers at around 4:30 a.m. near Stewart Street and Taku Dr.
Officers tried to perform a traffic stop after confirming the vehicle was stolen. The suspect, later identified as Chase Walters, 35, put the car in reverse in an effort to flee, spun out and hit a snow bank, according to a separate release from Thim.
Walters then rammed the police vehicles and refused repeated demands to exit the stolen Nissan. Officers eventually opened the back door of the car and tased him.
Walters was checked out by medics, arrested and taken to Anchorage Jail. He faces charges of vehicle theft and failure to stop at the command of a law enforcement officer.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story listed Iverson's age as 41.