APD employs leg irons, seizes brass knuckles in Monday scuffle
Anchorage police are crediting an alert security guard with spotting a car stolen last week, leading to a man’s arrest during a Monday struggle.
Totoe O. Sakaria Jr., 22, was initially taken into custody on charges including weapons misconduct, vehicle tampering and resisting arrest, police said in a Tuesday statement.
According to APD, the stolen sedan — a white 2012 Nissan Versa — was one of several vehicles parked Thursday evening at the Grubstake Auction Co. at 235 Ingra St., awaiting sale on Saturday. It was reported stolen shortly after 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
“The complainant stated he saw a male walk through the lot, get into the Nissan, and drive away,” police wrote. “As the suspect was driving away he almost hit one of the auction employees. The Nissan was unlocked with keys inside when it was stolen.”
Police received a break in the case Monday, when a security guard at a business on the 5800 block of DeBarr Road reported seeing the stolen Versa in the parking lot. The guard called again to say people were trying to leave in the car.
An arriving officer was flagged down at 3:40 p.m. near DeBarr and Edward Street by the guard, who pointed out a man walking across an intersection as one of the people who tried to drive the Versa away.
“The officer made contact with the suspect, later identified as [Sakaria], who refused to obey the officer’s commands and physically made movements like he was prepared to fight,” police wrote. “The officer pulled out his Taser and gave several warnings. Sakaria eventually calmed down enough to be handcuffed.”
After he was cuffed, however, police said Sakaria began to resist, causing him, the officer and the security guard to all fall to the ground. An arriving APD sergeant helped get Sakaria into leg irons.
“Once the leg irons were secured, Sakaria recognized the police sergeant and became compliant at which time his leg restraints were removed,” police wrote. “During the pat search Sakaria admitted to having brass knuckles in his pocket; they were seized for evidence.”
APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad said Sakaria isn't currently charged with stealing the Versa, but noted that prosecutors can add or modify charges against him as they see fit.
"Sakaria was charged with the crimes we could prove," Oistad wrote in an email.
Sakaria was held at the Anchorage jail. The stolen vehicle was impounded for safekeeping, at the request of its owner.
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