APD's new unit nabs 10 criminals in 24 hours
The Anchorage Police Department is touting a recent success by their new Investigative Support Unit (ISU); the ISU took 10 criminals off the street in less than 24 hours, APD says.
The first arrest occurred around 6:45 Thursday evening in the 16000 block of Davis Street. Officers served felony warrants on 25-year-old Joe McMasters and 37-year-old Matthew Irwin.
APD spokesperson MJ Thim says McMasters' warrant was for failure to appear on a second-degree theft charge, while Irwin's warrant was in relation to a probation violation on a first-degree vehicle theft and failure to appear on an operating under the influence charge.
Then, around 8, patrol officers arrested five people after a traffic stop on a 2008 PT Cruiser in the parking lot of the Dimond Mall. Thim says two occupants of the vehicle, Kevin Kirlin, 23, and Keeton Kirlin, 23, both had warrants out for their arrest. Kevin had a felony warrant related to first-degree robbery and third-degree assault, while Keeton's misdemeanor warrant was related to failure to stop at the direction of a police officer.
Meanwhile, two of the remaining three occupants of the vehicle, 27-year-old Corrina Steinman and 24-year-old Roseanna Baehm, Kevin and Keeton's girlfriends, respectively, Thim says, were also arrested. Steinman was found to have a felony warrant for a probation officer on a drug charge, as well as being listed as an adult probation absconder, Thim says. Baehm initially gave officers a fake name, claiming to be her sister, Thim says, but officers were able to quickly determine she was lying and determine she had a felony warrant related to a 2015 drug case.
The final occupant of the vehicle, 29-year-old Cody Mitchell, was arrested on a parole violation.
The vehicle was impounded because officers report finding drug paraphernalia.
About 9:30, Kevin and Keeton's older brother, 31-year-old Christopher Kirlin, was pulled over in a 2001 Mitsubishi sedan in the 2200 block of West Dimond Boulevard. Thim says Christopher had a no-bail felony arrest warrant in connection with a parole violation on drug and forgery charges. Thim says Christopher has a history of felony assault and attempted to ingest Suboxin and Flexeril during the arrest. He earned new charges due to that unsuccessful attempt, APD says, including fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and tampering with evidence.
Christopher's passenger, Lindy Bowie, 28, was also taken into custody on an outstanding warrant; hers was a misdemeanor related to obstructing.
Friday afternoon around 2, APD apprehended one of the last remaining at-large suspects in an Anchorage drug ring bust in November. Thim says APD learned 49-year-old Patricia England was at Providence Hospital. She had felony warrants for six counts of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, three counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, second-degree misconduct involving a weapon, two counts of third-degree misconduct involving a weapon, second-degree theft and promoting contraband. She was arrested at the hospital.
Finally, the second remaining at-large suspect in November's Anchorage drug ring bust, Mona Galliher, was taken into custody Thursday by U.S. Marshals.
Thim says the ISU was created in an effort to assist detectives and patrol officers. The unit is not tied to calls for service and has the capacity to serve search warrants, run surveillance, find witnesses, conduct long-term investigations, provide targeted high-intensity patrol enforcement, or react to major incidents.
Since its creation, the ISU has arrested more than 60 individuals for various felony and misdemeanor charges.
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