APD unveils Operation Midnight Sun
A wave of police activity across Anchorage during the week of summer solstice was part of an inter-agency crime suppression initiative, officials said Friday.
Anchorage police and local District Attorney Rick Allen, as well as Alaska State Troopers, the FBI and several other federal agencies, discussed preliminary results of what’s being called Operation Midnight Sun during a news conference at APD headquarters.
Police Chief Justin Doll told reporters that more than 100 people were involved in making the arrests, including Puffin Inn murder suspect Orlando Holder, during the initiative which began Monday. Other arrests from the sweep included four juveniles from a Ford Escape which threw and critically injured a man who jumped on it outside the Dimond Center mall, and vehicle-theft suspect William Rash.
“There are still ongoing operations as a result of this,” Doll said. “There was a lot of new criminal activity that was uncovered as a result of this and those investigations are continuing.”
APD Lt. Jack Carson said roughly 60 people with felony charges have been arrested during the sweep, as well as 25 suspects in misdemeanor crimes. He said that in the wake of this week’s arrests, Anchorage’s crime scene “kind of seems like a ghost town out there.”
“This operation isn’t just at the street level; it’s going after the people who are affecting citizens,” Carson said. “It just goes to show the criminals that we’re done taking it; we’re going to come after you and come after you hard.”
The operation features air support from an Alaska State Troopers helicopter, according to police, which allowed officers to not only recover stolen vehicles but also arrest the suspects associated with their thefts.
Doll called the operation, which saw five stolen vehicles recovered along with the seizure of 400 grams of drugs, 19 guns and $3,720, "one of the largest field efforts” the city has seen in the last few years.
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