A man who has been repeatedly in and out of Anchorage police custody in recent years was again arrested last weekend, after an encounter in which police say he injured an officer.

Christian Young, 26, was arrested at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Fred Meyer store on Dimond Boulevard, police said in a Monday statement, in response to a tip. Young was initially in a restroom at the store, police said, but ran from it when officers gave him commands; an officer tackled him after he ran through a closed checkout lane.

“The officer who initially took Young down was cut and bleeding from the area of his eyebrow,” police wrote. “The cut was the result of Young deliberately elbowing the officer’s face during the take-down. The officer was treated at a hospital.”

Young has been charged in crimes but repeatedly released dating back to 2012, when police said he robbed two escorts at gunpoint in Anchorage hotel rooms. After flying to Dillingham in 2016 and being sought on suspicion of trafficking heroin there, Young allegedly led police and Alaska State Troopers on a “days-long manhunt.”

In July 2017, Young’s ex-girlfriend told police he ransacked her home looking for jewelry he could sell in order to buy drugs. Responding officers weren’t able to arrest him at that time.

According to APD, Young’s most recent run-in with the law was on July 7, when a police sergeant saw him sitting in a vehicle parked at a handicap space outside the Wendy’s restaurant on 5th Avenue near Merrill Field. After the sergeant got out to speak with him, Young allegedly let his Honda Accord roll backward toward the sergeant's vehicle, prompting her to tell him to stop.

“Young then put the car in drive, drove over the pedestrian sidewalk, and then accelerated towards 5th Avenue by driving the wrong way down the restaurant’s drive-thru lane,” police wrote. “The sergeant had to physically move out of the way to avoid being struck by the Accord.”

After his Saturday arrest, Young was held on numerous outstanding warrants as well as new charges from the July 7 incident including eluding, failure to stop at the direction of an officer, reckless driving and violating his conditions of release.

A statewide inmate database showed Young in custody at the Cook Inlet Pretrial Facility as of Monday evening.

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