APD arrested 10 people in 24 hours: Where are they now?
The Anchorage Police Department has publicly touted the success of its new high-profile Investigative Support Unit in producing a high volume of arrests in a short amount of time. But what happens after the arrests?
An APD Nixle alert sent out on January 5 announced, "The Investigative Support Unit (ISU) have taken 10 criminals off the street and sent them to jail in less than 24 hours."
Many KTVA viewers expressed gratitude and encouragement for officers on social media, but many also wondered publicly through Facebook comments what would happen to the 10 people in the days following their arrests. One viewer speculated they would be "back on the streets" within a month.
Thursday, two weeks after the arrests, the Department of Corrections confirmed that all but three had been released. Most of them were out on bail/bond, or time served, within three to four days of their arrests.
Joe McMasters, 25, was picked up on January 4, on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of Theft 2. He remains in custody and appeared in court Thursday for an adjudication hearing in the case.
Patricia England, 49, was booked into the Anchorage Jail on January 5, then moved to the Hiland Correctional Facility on January 6 and is still in custody for her alleged involvement in a large-scale drug operation APD started investigating back in December of 2015.
Christopher Kirlin, 31, was arrested on a no-bail felony warrant for a parole violation on charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance 2 and forgery 2. He was booked into the Anchorage Jail on January 5, then moved to the Goose Creek Correctional Facility on January 10. He remains in custody, with a pre-trial conference scheduled for February 20.
Corrina Steinman, 27, was arrested on January 4 for a warrant for violating her probation conditions in a drug case and discharged on time served on January 6. The Assistant District Attorney prosecuting her case, Bonnie Bull, explained in an email:
She was charged with Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree (a class C felony at the time and now a class A misdemeanor) and received an SIS (suspended imposition of sentence) on 5/30/2014. Her SIS required her to remain on felony probation for 2 years, 240 days. If a defendant successfully completes their SIS while on felony supervision, they can have their sentence set aside. If they are not successful, the SIS is revoked and the sentence is imposed.
Ms. Steinman had a warrant out for failure to report to her probation officer in August of 2017. When she was picked up by APD and subsequently arraigned, she agreed to have her SIS revoked. Therefore, her sentence will not be set aside. She also agreed to serve 5 days following the revocation of her SIS, which made her total time served 185 days. Because her SIS is revoked, she will no longer be on felony probation or supervision and the case is now disposed.
Lindy Bowie, 28, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant for obstructing. She was released on bail the same day she was booked into the Anchorage Jail, on January 4. She showed up to her scheduled court appearance Thursday morning.
Kevin Kirlin, 23, was arrested on warrants involving charges of Robbery 1 and Assault 3. He was booked into the Anchorage Jail on January 4, then released on bail on January 8 and appeared in court Thursday afternoon to enter pleas in three cases.
Cody Mitchell, 29, was arrested for a parole violation on a theft 2 charge on January 4 and released on mandatory parole on January 7.
Keeton Kirlin, 24, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant for failing to stop at the direction of an officer. He was booked into the Anchorage Jail on January 4 and released on time served on January 8.
Matthew Irwin, 37, was arrested on January 4 on a warrant for violating his probation in a vehicle theft case. It was his third arrest for violating probation conditions since November. Three petitions to revoke his probation filed during November and December of 2017 detail repeated incidents in which he was caught with or tested positive for heroin and meth and failed to appear for court dates and to the probation office. The DOC confirms he was released on bail again on January 15 with ordered pre-trial supervision.
Roseanna Baehm, 24, was arrested on January 4 and released on bail on January 7. Baehm was arrested on a warrant issued in 2015. The complaint document in the case says police found a pipe, scale and small baggie of methamphetamine in her purse. Baehm has at least four failure to appear warrants on her record. She was evaluated using the state's new pre-trial risk assessment tool that focuses on a defendant's likelihood to fail to appear for future hearings or commit new crimes. A judge ultimately set bail and ordered a third party custodian.
Baehm didn't show up for her scheduled court hearing on January 9-- or on January 16. During the January 16 hearing, there was confusion about where she was supposed to be.
The judge said at one point, "She was in custody a week ago, she may still be there."
The hearing was continued a second time. No warrant was issued for her arrest.
KTVA had checked with the DOC prior to the hearing and was aware that Baehm was out on bail. When asked about the case, ADA James Klugman said in an email:
Although I wasn't personally present for her hearings this month it looks like you are correct that she was not present on January 9. When defendants fail to appear in these situations, it is common for the court to give them an opportunity to appear the next week, which is what happened in Ms. Baehm's case. For whatever reason, there seemed to be some confusion about her custody status this week. I'm not sure what the source of the confusion was, since you are correct that according to DOC records she was released on 1/7. I have asked for her to appear in court on Monday and plan to ask for an arrest warrant if she does not.
Anchorage Police declined to share their thoughts on the happenings in these cases following the arrests, noting that once a suspect is turned over to DOC custody, the case is out of their control. A spokesperson with the department said the ISU will continue to arrest people with active warrants, regardless of how many times they've arrested them in the past.
"We'll never stop. As long as there's criminals out there, we'll be out there looking for them," said APD Lt. Michael Kerle.
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