Police tracking stolen pickup stop 2 vehicles, make 3 arrests
A single police response in east Anchorage late Friday ultimately led to two traffic stops and three suspects taken into custody, police said.
Members of the department’s Investigative Support Unit were responding to another call at about 9:45 p.m., police spokesman MJ Thim wrote in a statement, when they spotted a stolen dark green 2002 Dodge pickup near Northern Lights Boulevard and Boniface Parkway.
“Two people exited the stolen vehicle as officers were securing the area,” Thim wrote. “The two people then entered a 2007 Winnebago motorhome parked nearby and attempted to drive away unnoticed.”
Police also pulled over the RV, arresting 20-year-old pickup driver Lyric West as well as Jerome Walker, 38, and Johnathan Demeritt, 26, from the Winnebago.
West had been sought on an escape warrant after leaving an Anchorage halfway house in mid-June; court records show she was arrested a week later. She is also charged in an open Anchorage vehicle-theft case from Sept. 30.
Walker has an extensive criminal record dating back to the mid-1990s. His felony convictions include being felon in possession of a weapon, misconduct involving controlled substances, unlawful evasion, forgery and evidence tampering.
Demeritt was convicted last year of an Anchorage third-degree assault, which was elevated to a felony by two prior assault convictions.
Police arrested West Friday on new charges including first-degree vehicle theft. Walker and Demeritt were held on warrants from previous offenses for violating terms of their parole and probation respectively.