Dozens of people wanted on felony arrest warrants were taken into custody in Anchorage last week, as police conducted a multi-agency sweep of the city.

Anchorage police released an overview Tuesday of Operation Warrant Round-Up, holding a news conference on its 28 arrests.

“It's really part of our ongoing effort to keep the community safe by holding violent criminals accountable for their actions,” said APD Chief Justin Doll.

Since December 2017, APD has made mass arrests in several “retail blitz” sweeps targeting shoplifting suspects at big-box stores across town. In June, the department’s Operation Midnight Sun led to more than 80 arrests, 60 of them in felony crimes including murder suspect Orlando Holder.

Orlando Holder. (Credit: APD)

Last week’s two-day sweep was federally funded by Project Safe Neighborhoods, an ongoing program bringing federal aid to local law enforcement.

“More than 100 officers from APD, the Alaska State Troopers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Marshals Service linked up into teams and scattered throughout Anchorage seeking out the suspects,” police wrote in a statement.

No one part of town was the focus of the effort, Doll said.

“It's not isolated to a particular neighborhood, these folks are out there and we really did see an Anchorage-wide effort and attempt to locate these folks,” Doll said.

APD Lt. Gerard Asselin, head of the department’s special teams, said that of about 12,000 people statewide under arrest warrants roughly 5,000 are in the Anchorage area. Faced with that scope of potential targets, police are focusing on “arresting people for violent crimes.”

“Our intent is to target these folks, arrest them and get them back in the justice system with the hope of suppressing additional crimes that we've been seeing within our community,” Asselin said.

Many of the suspects have already been in contact with the justice system according to Asselin, who noted that some of the lesser charges in the warrants were linked to more serious offenses.

“What we see often is that co-occurring nature of property crimes associated with violent and/or drug crime, and those things are intertwined so closely,” Asselin said.

Among the warrant suspects mentioned Tuesday by APD were:

•    Mark Brooks, 55, was the subject of a $12,500 warrant for failure to appear in a second-degree assault case, stemming from his December arrest in a SWAT standoff after he allegedly stabbed a relative at a Nadine Street home.

•    Zachari Clark, 34, was picked up on a no-bail warrant after being charged with third-degree assault. Clark was one of 17 people picked up last February during a "retail blitz" at the Walmart store on DeBarr Road, as “a frequent shoplifter and someone that had previously been trespassed from all Walmart stores.”

•    Sulu Faamolemole, 29, was arrested on a no-bail warrant for violating his federal probation on charges of assaulting a federal officer with a deadly and dangerous weapon. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, Faamolemole was the driver of a vehicle from which another man pointed a shotgun at a deputy U.S. marshal during a 2016 chase in Anchorage. That man, 29-year-old Leigaga Selau Amituanai, received a 41-month sentence for aiming the weapon.

•    Robbery suspect Dwayne Smith, 20, was picked up on a $10,000 warrant for second-degree robbery, as well as two other warrants on theft and assault charges. In November 2017, according to the Alaska Star, he “tried to steal several iPhones” from the GCI Store in Eagle River.

•    Kaylynn Spindler, 28, was arrested on warrants for failure to appear in a vehicle-theft case and violating conditions of her release. She has been a suspect in several Anchorage vehicle-theft cases including the May 2018 theft of a Lexus sedan. The following month, according to the Anchorage Daily News, Spindler was apprehended after she was found operating a stolen car containing stolen mail.

•    Karl Yost, 46, was picked up on a $3,000 warrant for forgery and theft charges, as well as two $500 warrants for failure to appear. Yost has been charged in a number of forgery cases, and APD asked for help finding him on the department’s Facebook page last year.

Forgery suspect Karl Yost, 46, was one of 28 people picked up in a February 2019 sweep of Anchorage felony warrant suspects. (From APD)

According to APD, the other people arrested in the sweep include:

•    Dustin Armstrong, 27, had been sought by marshals on a probation warrant linked to misconduct involving a controlled substance with the intent to distribute it.

•    DeShawn Binion, 28, was arrested on a federal warrant as a felon in possession of a firearm.

•    Anthony Brittain II, 36, was arrested on a no-bail warrant for third-degree assault and violating a protective order.

•    Daniel Charlie, 43, was arrested on a no-bail warrant for third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

•    Carol Etuale, 22, the only one of the 28 suspects sought solely on misdemeanor charges, was arrested on charges of failure to appear in cases of theft and violating conditions of her release.

•    Tyler Harr, 26, was wanted on a $20,000 warrant linked to multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

•    Angela Hebert, 36, was arrested on a no-bail troopers warrant.

•    Christopher Johnson, 55, was arrested on a $5,000 warrant for failure to appear on charges of driving while his license was revoked, as well as a no-bail warrant on assault charges.

•    Dajuan King, 46, was arrested on a no-bail warrant for second-degree assault.

•    Robert Kingik, 33, had been sought by the U.S. Marshals Service on a $25,000 warrant for violating probation in a case stemming from sexual abuse of a minor, as well as a $100 warrant associated with a false ID.

•    Taylor Lekity, 23, had been wanted by marshals. He was arrested on a no-bail warrant for second-degree theft, as well as a $1,000 warrant for removal of merchandise.

•    Nicholaus Madison, 23, was arrested on a no-bail warrant for burglary.

•    Dustin McCue, 30, had been sought on a $10,000 warrant for failure to appear in a vehicle-theft case, as well as a $5,000 warrant for a probation violation.

•    Brandon Moen, 34, was held on a warrant for federal probation violation involving charges of misconduct involving weapons and controlled substances.

•    Glen Negovanna, 34, was wanted by marshals on an indecent-exposure charge.

•    David Ree, 47, had been wanted on a no-bail warrant for second-degree and fourth-degree assault, as well as a $500 cash warrant for operating under the influence.

•    Michael Rennie, 25, was arrested on a $500 warrant for second-degree theft.

•    Kao Wou Saechao, 28, was picked up on a $25,000 warrant for second-degree theft.

•    LC Whitlow, 42, was picked up on a $3,000 Alaska State Troopers arrest warrant.

•    James Whittaker III, 35, had been sought by marshals on a warrant for sexual abuse of a minor, child pornography and exploitation of a minor.

•    Dominique Williams, 29, was arrested on a no-bail warrant for third-degree assault.

•    Tremayne Wyatt, 23, was held on a $500 warrant for third-degree assault.

Doll said that as APD expands its ranks toward a target of 450 sworn officers, Anchorage residents should expect more sweeps like last week’s in the near future.

Lauren Maxwell contributed information to this story.

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