Jury finds man guilty in Russian Jack SWAT standoff
The man arrested for an early morning standoff with police in May has been found guilty of several crimes, including attempted murder.
On Wednesday the Alaska Attorney General’s office sent a news release stating an Anchorage jury had convicted Jose Evangelista, 36, for multiple crimes stemming from the shooting.
On May 17, a community alert from the Anchorage Police Department stated officers with the patrol division were responding to a mobile home park near the 1500 block of Hoyt Street after reports of shots fired between 12:40 and 1:30 a.m.
According to evidence presented at his three-week trial, Evangelista fired a handgun multiple times from his trailer into his neighbor's trailer where there was a woman with her children, ages 19, 12 and 8, inside.
As an officer was examining gunshot damage in the bedroom, Evangelista fired two more gunshots, one of which ricocheted and came within a foot of the officer's face, the release states. This prompted police to evacuate nearby homes as officers secured the area.
Evangelista ignored police commands and attempts to negotiate. He also refused to come out of his home and surrender his weapon. SWAT arrived at 3 a.m.
“Evangelista continued the standoff until after 5:00 a.m. when the SWAT team deployed noise and flash diversionary devices to force his surrender,” the release states.
At 6:35 a.m. APD sent another community alert reporting Evangelista had been taken into custody for questioning.
The jury found Evangelista guilty of two counts of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of second-degree misconduct involving weapons and seven counts of third-degree assault.
APD says three of the six assault charges relate to the officers whose lives were put in danger by Evangelista’s actions.
First-degree attempted murder is an unclassified felony carrying a possible sentence of five to 99 years.
The Anchorage Superior Court will decide Evangelista’s sentence. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28, 2020.