5 charged in shots-fired standoff in Russian Jack
Anchorage police have arrested five people linked to a report of shots fired in the Russian Jack area, after an extended standoff Saturday afternoon.
According to a statement from APD on Sunday morning, five people have been arrested in the carjacking and shots fired investigation: Keith Tracey, 38, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and faces a charge of resisting arrest by hiding/barricading. Eti Sevetasimale, 31, was arrested on three outstanding warrants. Isaiah Hank, 19, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and faces charges of criminal trespass and violation of condition of release for felony. Merandarae Sheakley, 22, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and faces a charge of resisting arrest by hiding/barricading. Steavin Martin, 32, was arrested on two outstanding warrants and issued two citations for failure to appear.
The people involved in the incident near the 2600 block of Carroll Place were in police custody by 9:15 p.m. according to an APD notification.
Saturday morning, police received a call about a reported vehicle theft.
"[The victim] reported that as she was getting onto her 2013 Kia at 4100-block of Debarr, a black man came up, pushed her out of her car, and then drove off with her vehicle," charging documents read.
Two hours later, police were notified of a "Native man" digging through a purple Kia at the 5200 block of East 26th Avenue, according to charging documents. The suspect was later identified as Isaiah Hank.
While police were investigating, they were alerted of shots fired at an apartment complex nearby.
APD spokesman MJ Thim said police received a report at about 2 p.m. of shots fired near the 2600 block of Carroll Place, northwest of Northern Lights Boulevard and Boniface Parkway.
Responding officers soon narrowed the shots-fired report to an apartment building in the area, where they attempted to contact people believed to be associated with the gunfire.
Once officers determined the carjacking suspect was inside the apartment building, they obtained a search warrant, however, officers were unable to enter. Police then sent a robot into the building where they could see five males and two females inside, according to charging documents.
“There are multiple people inside one apartment,” Thim said. “Officers have been giving commands, but the people inside are refusing to come out.”
After APD spoke to the apartment manager, they determined the renter, Keith Tracey, was the carjacking suspect.
Members of APD's K-9 unit and Crisis Negotiation Team arrived at the scene, Thim said.
By 4:45 p.m., two women had left the apartment, with APD's SWAT team responding to the area by 6:30 p.m. According to charging documents, both women identified one of the men inside as Tracey and also provided a picture.
Five other men eventually exited the apartment complex around 8 p.m., according to charging documents.
Saturday night, seven people were taken into custody. Police say a male and female were released and are not facing any charges. APD added that additional charges and arrests are possible.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information, including surveillance video about this investigation is asked to call APD dispatch at 3-1-1 (option #1).
Jared Mazurek contributed information to this story.
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