3 arrested, 1 at large after traffic stop leads to fight
Anchorage police are looking for a man who got away from officers during an arrest following an East Anchorage traffic stop.
APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad said officers initially tried to make a traffic stop on the vehicle at about 5:30 p.m., near Duben Avenue and Muldoon Road.
"The vehicle eluded police, was later abandoned, and several occupants fled on foot," Oistad wrote.
According to APD Sgt. Nate Mitchell, officers didn't initially pursue the vehicle, instead of calling in backup to search the area. They were able to locate the vehicle and speak with its occupants off Northern Lights Boulevard, in the area of Scarborough Drive and Gibbs Hill Circle.
"The people had outstanding felony warrants on them," Mitchell said. "A fight ensued with the two officers with people running away from the cops. That's why there was so much commotion going on in the neighborhood."
Josephine T. Stone, 26, Isaiah P. Hank, 20, and Gordon R. Ratcliff, 33, were each arrested on multiple charges. Drugs were also involved.
Police say they attempted to arrest 20-year-old Mark A. Yunak but got away from officers when they were handcuffing him.
"As officers were placing Yunak into cuffs, Yunak began to tense up," APD wrote in a statement on Tuesday. "At that point two of the other suspects ran from the scene and other officers gave chase. Yunak began to fight with the officer who was handcuffing him. Yunak was able to slip out of his jacket and run from the scene. The arresting officer gave chase but lost Yunak in a wooded area."
Multiple officers tried to find but efforts were unsuccessful.
Police say the vehicle had not been reported stolen and it was impounded for "safekeeping" as police were unable to get in contact with the registered owner.
Traffic was backed up in the area for about half an hour.
Anyone with information regarding either this incident or Yunak’s whereabouts is asked to call APD Dispatch at 311 (option #1). To remain anonymous, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.
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