Update on Thursday, Oct. 29


Anchorage police say Thomas Goodwin has been arrested.


In an update sent out just before 2 p.m., police said Goodwin was being taken to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning and will then be brought to the Anchorage jail.


Earlier story


ANCHORAGE – Anchorage police are trying to track down a 35-year-old man who is wanted on charges of sexually abusing minors and is now dodging authorities.


Earlier this month, the Anchorage Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Thomas Goodwin for two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor — felonies.


“Goodwin is aware of the warrants and is actively avoiding capture,” said APD spokesperson Renee Oistad in a statement.


Oistad added police are concerned there could be more victims.


The arrest warrant stems from events early last year when Goodwin moved in with a female friend in the Anchorage area. The woman had five children, three of whom were girls whose ages ranged from 5 to 11 years old. About three months after moving in, Goodwin moved out, Oistad said.


When the girls were visiting their father at his home in June, “they disclosed the sexual abuse they endured by Goodwin while he lived with them for those few months in 2014.”


APD was then contacted, Oistad said. The charges relate to two of the girls.


“The evidence we currently have supports those charges,” Oistad said in an email. “The investigation is ongoing – if evidence supports more charges, those will be added.”


Police ask people with more information regarding Goodwin’s alleged crimes to call Detective Leonard Torres at 907-786-8573. Those with information on the 35-year-old’s whereabouts are asked to call APD dispatch at 907-786-8900. Anonymous tips can also be submitted via Crime Stoppers by calling 561-STOP or by going online to AnchorageCrimeStoppers.com.