Updated at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19

Two robbers caught earlier this month while trying to enter people’s homes through unlocked windows or doors in Southwest Anchorage have been charged for the robbery of a local sandwich shop the day before.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, 29-year-old David Nelson and 32-year-old Jared Nelson were arrested Feb. 10 after the two were knocking on the doors of residences on Connors Trail Circle and checking to see if the doors were locked.

Officers responded and located the men. While David Nelson complied with officers and stayed, Jared Nelson ran from police. With the help of a K-9 officer named Doc, APD found him hiding in a shed.

On Feb. 9, APD responded to an armed robbery at the Subway located on Jewel Lake Road. The two men, one armed with a gun, entered the store and demanded money from the safe.

According to APD’s release, the robbers were wearing unique clothing during the event — one robber had on a black zip-up hoodie with “KISS” across the front, while the other had on an “Alaskan Grown” hoodie. Descriptions and photos of the suspects were issued to all APD officers. One officer recalled seeing two men wearing the same sweatshirts at a local gas station hours before the robbery.

Surveillance video from the gas station matched the suspects who were shown in the sandwich shop video. Further investigation by APD robbery detectives identified the robbers as David and Jared Nelson.

Both have been charged with one count of robbery in the first degree for the Subway incident.

The men had prior outstanding warrants and were taken to Anchorage Jail upon their arrest on Feb. 10.


Original story

Police are searching for two suspects following a robbery Tuesday morning at an Anchorage Subway restaurant.

Just after 7 a.m. Tuesday two men wearing hooded sweatshirts and bandannas entered the sandwich shop on Jewel Lake Road near the intersection of Dimond Boulevard, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro.

Castro said one suspect appeared to have a gun and the suspects demanded cash from the employees. Details of the altercation have not been released.

The suspects left the shop and fled on foot. APD’s search of the area with a K-9 unit did not result in any arrests.

No injuries have been reported in connection to the robbery.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.