New APD unit arrests 3 in stolen vehicle case
Three people are behind bars, accused of stealing an SUV, eluding officers and driving recklessly through Midtown.
Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, officers with the Anchorage Police Department's new Investigative Support Unit, along with the Community Action Policing and VICE units, spotted a stolen silver 2003 Cadillac Escalade in the 1300 block of West 44th Avenue.
APD spokesperson, MJ Thim, says the driver fled towards Midtown and drove recklessly through the neighborhood, creating a threat to public safety. The vehicle was located again, this time in the 900 block of East 20th Avenue. Once again, Thim says, the driver evaded officers by driving around a building.
Officers attempted to block the stolen vehicle, and the driver of the SUV rammed the patrol cars, Thim says. Other units were able to force the vehicle off the road and bring the encounter to an end.
APD then commanded the driver, 28-year-old Shane Muse, and two passengers, 24-year-old Crystal Tui and 32-year-old Saliloimanatu Toilolo, to exit the vehicle, and all three parties were taken into custody without further incident.
Chief Justin Doll credits the officers in the new APD unit for making the arrests.
"We sort of believed all along that there are relatively few number of people that are involved in a lot of this criminal activity that we're seeing, and so catching a vehicle that has several people in it that are involved in that type of criminal behavior we feel like that's a success," said Doll.
Thim says all three suspects face multiple charges, including first- and second-degree vehicle theft.
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