A 38-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after police say he assaulted a woman, pointed a gun at a bystander and tried to run away.

A community alert from the Anchorage Police Department states at 9:19 a.m. Wednesday an employee of Value Liquor on Jewel Lake Road was opening the store when a man came up from behind her and grabbed her wrists. The woman tried to pull away and started screaming while the suspect, identified by police as Michael S. Sheret, kept pulling her while also trying to steal her purse.

The release states the struggle continued and moved into the parking lot where a witness told police they saw the woman and Sheret on the ground. 

Police say the witness ran up to help then Sheret pulled out a handgun and told the person to back off.

As the witness began yelling for a coworker, Sheret ran. The witness and his coworker followed Sheret until they lost sight of him.

Another witness, who was in a vehicle, followed Sheret to an alley, the release states. The witness drove to the other side of the alley and saw Sheret, who had changed his clothes, come out. Police would later retrace the Sheret's steps and find the clothing he left behind.

The release went on to say when police arrived they found Sheret on Linden Drive, which is about a 10-minute walk from the liquor store according to Google Maps.

Sheret was arrested at 9:25 a.m., police say.

He was taken in for questioning by detectives and later booked at the Anchorage jail on charges of first-degree robbery, weapons misconduct, criminal mischief, and multiple counts of assault.

Police say there were no injuries in this incident. 

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