Anchorage police arrested three people after a Midtown Walmart store was robbed at gunpoint on Dec. 8.

A Dec. 10 release from the Anchorage Police Department states that officers responded just after 11 a.m. on Dec. 8 to a shoplifting incident that had turned into a robbery. Security for the Walmart on A Street told officers that three store employees approached a woman who had hidden merchandise in her purse. The woman then pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the employees, according to police, before exiting the store and leaving in a white SUV.

Police began searching the area for the vehicle and spotted it parked outside a nearby Chuck E. Cheese. A witness inside the business told officers that a group of three that matched suspect descriptions had gone into the bathrooms. 

Tacie P. Chaison, 38, was located in the upstairs bathrooms and matched the description of the suspect with the gun at Walmart. A police search of the bathroom found a loaded syringe that field-tested positive for heroin, a handgun hidden in a sanitary napkin disposal and tags that had been removed from Walmart clothing. 

Chaison was arrested on an outstanding warrant and further charged with first-degree robbery, three counts of third-degree assault, theft and weapons misconduct for being a felon in possession.

The driver of the SUV, identified by police as 25-year-old Trevon D. Chaison, was arrested on a felony probation warrant and was further charged with hindering prosecution.

One woman with the group, who APD determined was not involved with the robbery, was arrested on a separate charge.

APD's release stated drug use appears to be a factor for all three suspects. The white SUV was impounded and a puppy inside the vehicle was taken to Anchorage Animal Care and Control.

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