2 men charged, 1 sought in separate Anchorage rapes
Two men have recently been charged in separate Anchorage rape cases, according to the Anchorage Police Department, one of whom remains at large.
In the earlier of the two cases, court records show 40-year-old Lucky Tapu Sio Jr. sought on a no-bail warrant for two counts of first-degree assault.
Police began to look into Sio on May 30, APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad said in an email, when officers responded to an initial report from a hotel parking lot. They spoke with a woman who told them that “she had been raped and physically assaulted repeatedly over several months” by Sio.
“After a thorough investigation, Anchorage police detectives were able to develop enough probable cause to charge Sio,” Oistad wrote. “A warrant for those charges was obtained for Sio’s arrest on July 20, 2017.”
A separate case reported to police on July 19 led police to arrest 41-year-old Dive Hernandez, who faces one count each of first-degree sexual assault and second-degree assault. Investigators spoke with the victim at a local hospital.
“The victim stated that (Hernandez), whom she knows, forced her to have sex while he held her down and strangled her,” Oistad wrote. “The victim stated she was afraid that she was going to die.”
According to a charging document filed against Hernandez, the victim said he had been drinking whiskey on the night he assaulted her. Police said Hernandez has no prior criminal record in Alaska but moved to the state from Utah, where his record includes several assault convictions dating back to 1997.
Court records show Hernandez was arraigned Friday, when a judge appointed him a public defender and set his bail at $20,000. A statewide inmate database showed him still in custody at the Anchorage Jail.
Anyone with information on Sio’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 907-786-8900. Tips can also be submitted to Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.