Man who drove through garage to flee police arrested
Anchorage Police say they've arrested the man wanted on multiple warrants who used a vehicle to bust through the wall of a garage to flee from police on Monday.
According to a statement from APD, 29-year-old Russell S. Hamlen was arrested at a residence located on the 5300-block of Mocking Bird Drive just after 10 a.m. after police received a tip on Tuesday.
Hamlen was located at a residence on the 800-block of West 21st Avenue after police received a report of a suspicious male pulling an unfamiliar vehicle into the garage of the home, just before 4 p.m., police said.
The homeowner told police that the person, who was unknown to them, was using their garage to change a tire. With the homeowner's permission, APD entered the garage through the main door and confronted Hamlen who was sitting in the vehicle. Police asked him to get out but he refused to cooperate.
"When Hamlen was told he was going to be arrested on his warrants, Hamlen turned the vehicle on, put it in reverse, and backed into the closed overhead garage door," police wrote. "As officers were in the process of breaking the vehicle’s windows Hamlen put the vehicle into drive and then drove through the rear wall of the garage."
Officers took off after Hamlen but stopped their pursuit when he ran through a red light at a nearby intersection.
Nick Moe, who lives nearby, says the neighborhood calls the residence a drug house. He said lots of kids play outside in the area and at the house, he often sees things like people walking around with weapons, drug deals and people getting arrested. After what happened on Monday, Moe said the neighborhood is fed up.
"I want to see the landlord do the right thing and evict the tenants," Moe said. "Clean up the house, he should be a responsible community member and do what's right. And that's: evict the tenants immediately."
Moe said he grew up in the area and believes the house has caused an uptick in crimes in the area. He's worried if nothing is done soon, someone is going to eventually get hurt.
"It makes it unsafe, you know it's only a matter of time someone gets hurt or killed and very easily it could be one of our neighbors," he said. "We shouldn't have to put up with that."
Police say while Hamlen was still in the garage, an officer suffered cuts to his hand in an attempt to break the windows to stop him.
Hamlen has three outstanding warrants that include felony warrant for probation violation on a theft charge, felony warrant for fail to appear at a pre-indictment hearing on an original charge of fail to stop and a misdemeanor warrant for rail to appear on two counts of resisting. Now, he faces charges of assault, criminal mischief, reckless driving and resisting arrest.
Police describe him as a 5-foot-7 male around 150 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Police Dispatch by dialing 311 (option #1). To remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.
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