3 held in Anchorage stolen-vehicle wreck after treehouse arrest
All three people police had sought in a South Anchorage crash involving a stolen vehicle Thursday evening have been arrested, in a case police say reports from the public were "instrumental" in breaking.
A statement from APD Friday afternoon named the suspects in the crash, at about 5 p.m. Thursday near East 79th Avenue and Hartzell Road, as driver Cameron Connally, 23, and passengers Della Northway, 22, and Ryan Edwin, 21. Officers had tried to stop a stolen 2000 Jeep Cherokee they were riding in, but Connally allegedly "refused to stop and collided with a 2016 Dodge Durango near Lake Otis Parkway."
The driver of the Durango suffered minor injuries in the crash.
Floyd Hall, a member of the Facebook page Anchorage Scanner JOE’s “A-Team” stolen-vehicle tracking group, posted a photo of the collision showing an SUV involved lying on its side after the wreck. Hall said the group's records indicated that the Cherokee involved had the license plate JGZ 882 and was stolen on March 21.
"[The suspects] were seen escaping east on Lake Otis," police wrote. "They were running through residential areas and jumping over fences. Officers with the Patrol Division arrived on the scene to assist and set up a perimeter."
Northway provided officers who caught up with her near 80th Avenue and Alpine View Circle a false name, police said. They soon learned she was "a probation absconder on adult supervision for [second-degree theft] and had an outstanding warrant for probation violation."
APD K-9 units were called in to help track down Connally and Edwin near Moose Run Circle and Crescent Run Place. One of them was soon spotted in a nearby easement, while the other was "tracked to a treehouse in the 2800 block of Lore Road."
All three suspects were held at the Anchorage Jail.
Connally was charged with first-degree vehicle theft, failure to stop at the direction of an officer, third-degree assault and leaving the scene of an injury accident. He was also held on existing warrants for probation violations in existing assault and failure-to-stop cases.
Northway and Edwin have been charged with criminal mischief and resisting arrest. Northway faces an additional charge of providing false information, police said, and "could face additional charges."
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