APD: Stolen van's driver stole man's identity
A man arrested in a stolen vehicle containing stolen checks and debit cards now faces additional charges, after police say he stole another man's identity.
John A. Pierce, 29, was charged with providing false information in the Wednesday incident after police initially identified him in a Thursday statement as Christopher Dasilva. Dasilva's family contacted APD that evening, saying his identity had been stolen.
"An officer responded to the Anchorage Jail and fingerprinted the arrested individual who had identified himself as Christopher Dasilva," police wrote Friday. "The prints revealed that the suspect was actually [Pierce] who had three outstanding warrants for his arrest."
APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad confirmed Friday that Dasilva wasn't sought on any charges in the case. She didn't immediately have word from officers on whether Pierce had presented any identification cards for Dasilva or simply given his name.
At about 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, APD dispatch received a report about a running van with a broken window, sheets hanging up and a woman passed out in the passenger seat at an apartment complex in the 4600 block of Reka Drive.
Responding officers say a computer check showed the license plate on the van belonged to another vehicle, and that the van itself had been reported stolen.
Pierce slapped at the officers' hands as they tried to handcuff him, then he fled on foot, APD says.
Pierce was quickly taken into custody without further incident. He's charged with first-degree vehicle theft and resisting.
The female in the car was not charged.
Inside the van, officers report finding debit cards and checks belonging to other people. Oistad said Friday that prosecutors hadn't charged Pierce with taking those items.
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