Suspect in shooting, SWAT standoff was wanted for leaving a halfway house
The suspect in a New Year's Day shooting and standoff with the Anchorage police SWAT team had a warrant out for his arrest after he allegedly left a halfway house months ago and did not return.
A community alert sent at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday said 29-year-old Jerod Alexander was taken into custody without incident. He is charged with assault, weapons misconduct and trespassing.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, the Anchorage Police Department responded to the nightclub Cherries on Fifth around 3:40 a.m. Wednesday. Initially, dispatch received reports of several people engaged in a physical fight in the roadway near a black party bus.
Callers then reported shots had been fired and one of the shooters was an adult male wearing all red clothing who left the scene with a man wearing a blue top and jeans. The caller said the two men ran north to an apartment building near Fourth Avenue and Sitka Street and were banging on doors trying to get inside.
Police detained the man in jeans and a blue top, according to the complaint, then confirmed through video from surveillance cameras that the alleged shooter wearing all red was inside unit #228.
Video from a surveillance camera that captured the shooting showed "numerous subjects in a physical fight in the roadway." According to the complaint, a man wearing all red is seen pulling out a gun and firing shots toward another man before running away.
After a standoff that ended without injuries, the suspect in red was identified as Alexander, who had a warrant out for his arrest.
According to a criminal complaint filed in July 2019, Alexander left Cordova Center to work an auto detail shop and did not return. He is facing an escape charge in that case.
Alexander's criminal history includes a prior escape conviction in 2013. He is also a felon and it is illegal for him to have a gun.
Thursday, a judge set bail requiring Alexander to pay $57,500 in cash in order to be released before trial. He also ordered a third party custodian. A public defender said Alexander could only afford to post $500.
The man Alexander allegedly shot received gunshot wounds to the legs and required emergency surgery. He is expected to survive.
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