Evading suspect flagged down plain-clothes troopers for help
Anchorage Police have taken a Samoan man wanted into custody; he was wanted in connection with a series of thefts.
Around 11:15 Thursday morning, officers were called to the 8000 block of Alatna Avenue on reports that a pickup truck was dragging a gun safe behind it. APD was able to locate the vehicle and found a man and woman inside.
The man fled the scene on foot, according to APD spokesperson MJ Thim. The woman, who hasn't yet been identified, was taken into custody. Thim says officers found a rifle inside the vehicle.
APD described the suspect as a Samoan male standing 6-foot and weighing 190 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey shirt and black pants-- which Thim says were rolled up at the time he fled from officers.
About an hour after his first encounter with police, APD received a report from a homeowner about a stolen truck in the area of Hillside Drive and O'Malley Road; Thim says the suspect description matched up to the earlier incident involving the gun safe.
The stolen pickup was found abandoned in the area, and officers began following the suspect's tracks.
A large police presence can be found in the area, as officers were actively searching for the suspect.
Thim says APD believed the suspect to be armed and dangerous.
"We believe the suspect is armed; he is dangerous. He could potentially steal another car-- he could try to escape," Thim said.
Around 1:30, Alaska State Troopers who were in the area on an unrelated investigation were notified of APD's fleeing suspect and given the suspect description. The troopers, who were in plain clothes and an unmarked unit, observed the suspect on the side of the road. AST says the man was waving them down for assistance after getting a vehicle stuck in snow.
Troopers assisted APD in apprehending both the suspect and another individual who was inside of the stranded vehicle without further incident.
APD says they believe the third suspect and the truck stuck in the snow are connected to the other suspects and the pickup truck dragging the gun safe.
APD hasn't identified those involved in the incidents.
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