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. Those charges were dismissed in August 2019.
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.
Editor's note: This story has been edited to remove information about an alleged sexual assault after charges against Dive Hernandez were dismissed in 2019.