POLICE BRIEFS: Sharp-eyed officer nabs burglary suspect

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 13:56

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.


On Sept. 22 at around 1:21 p.m., officers were called to a location on Waterfront Lane for a report of a burglary. According to police, the homeowner checked on a detached garage on the property after hearing an alarm go off and found a man sitting in his Cadillac in the garage. The man ran off after being spotted, police said.

Later, an APD officer driving on the Old Glenn Highway saw a man run across the road, get into a blue Chevy Tracker and drive away. According to police, the officer watched the man park the vehicle in a church parking lot and walk away. The officer stopped the man — identified as Ezra S. Willson, 33, of Chugiak — to talk to him about expired tags on the vehicle and, while they were talking, received a description of the man wanted for the burglary. Willson matched the description. He was arrested for second-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal mischief and cited for driving without a license and for the expired tags.


On Sept. 27 at around 10:40 a.m., bank employees at First National Bank found a counterfeit $20 bill in a deposit.


On Sept. 26 at around 4:41 p.m., an APD officer found an abandoned motorhome on Cross Drive. The motorhome turned out to have been stolen from Clippership Motorhome Rentals a few days earlier, APD said.


On Sept. 24 at around 2:11 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for speeding on the Glenn Highway. The vehicle also had a headlight and brake light out, according to police. After stopping the vehicle, the officer allegedly smelled a strong odor of alcohol after making contact with the driver, 48-year-old Perry U. Robinson of Eagle River. Robinson was arrested and charged with operating under the influence.


On Sept. 21 at around 1:37 a.m., an officer on the Glenn Highway attempted to pull over a vehicle driving without its headlights, weaving and going 70 MPH in a 55 MPH construction zone. Instead of pulling over, the vehicle sped off; police discontinued the pursuit after the vehicle reached 100 MPH. Officers contacted the registered owner of the vehicle, who said it had been sold two months prior but that the title had not been transferred. The case remains under investigation.


On Sept. 19, a gray GMC pickup was stolen from a man’s workplace while it was unlocked and the keys were inside. According to APD, the man wasn’t aware the vehicle was missing until he was contacted by police, who were investigating a report of a man going through people’s vehicles. Police said a neighbor who chased the man off reported the truck, which led them to its owner’s workplace. Three days later, police recovered the stolen vehicle after it was involved in a hit-and-run in Anchorage in which it struck a light pole, tree, bus stop light and boulder. Police said the occupants ran from the truck and were gone by the time officers arrived.


On Sept. 18 at around 3 p.m., a woman on Icefall Drive reported to APD that her 2017 Toyota RAV had been stolen from her garage. Police said the woman told them she went inside her home but left the garage door open. About 15 minutes later, she said she heard the vehicle start up; when she went to check the garage, the Toyota was gone.

At around the same time, a homeowner on Ptarmigan Boulevard reported that someone had used a garage door opener found inside an unlocked vehicle to get into the garage. The burglar “rummaged through” a vehicle in the garage and stole items from inside the vehicle parked in the driveway.


On Sept. 17, an unlocked Jeep Wrangler was stolen from outside the owner’s apartment. The next day, the Jeep was discovered abandoned near the location where the vehicle was stolen on Icefall Drive.


On Sept. 15 at around 10:10 p.m., police arrested Frederick S. Johnson after he allegedly broke a television and strangled his wife during an argument. Police said two children at the home at the time were unharmed. Johnson was jailed on charges of second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief.


Anchorage Police Department blotter for Sept. 16-23, 2017:

Saturday, Sept. 16

1 a.m. — Theft — Regency Drive

4 a.m. — Burglary — Old Glenn

7:50 a.m. — Theft — Teklanika Drive

8 p.m. — Theft — Man O War Road

11:55 p.m. — Theft — War Admiral Road

Sunday, Sept. 17

1 a.m. — Theft — Scenic Drive

1 a.m. — Burglary — Kahiltna Drive

1:15 a.m. — Theft — Tokositna Circle

2 a.m. — Marijuana possession — Driftwood Bay Drive

3:17 a.m. — Theft — Talarik Drive

4 a.m. — Vehicle tampering — Golden Eagle Drive

4:50 a.m. — Burglary — Old Glenn

6 a.m. — Theft — Lakina Circle

6 p.m. — Stolen vehicle — Bill Stephens Drive

7:37 p.m. — False information — Hesterberg Road

7:54 p.m. — Vandalism — Husky Street

8:56 p.m. — Traffic collision — Birchwood Loop

Monday, Sept. 18

9:14 a.m. — Juvenile problem — Old Eagle River Road

10:17 a.m. — Traffic violation — Old Glenn/Skyview

2:52 p.m. — Shoplifting — Eagle River Road

2:58 p.m. — Burglary — Icefall Drive

3 p.m. — Burglary — Ptarmigan Circle

5:11 p.m. — Traffic collision — Glenn/Old Glenn

5:40 p.m. — Assault — Kantishna Drive

5:41 p.m. — Threats — Eagle River Road

Tuesday, Sept. 19

2:26 a.m. — Warrant — Hiland Road

3:55 a.m. — Theft — Lee Street

8:10 a.m. — Threats — E. Eagle River Loop Road

8:56 a.m. — Traffic collision — Spring Brook Drive

8:56 a.m. — Stolen vehicle — Spring Brook Drive

8:56 a.m. — Theft — Prince of Peace Drive

11:17 a.m. — Harassment — Business Boulevard

Wednesday, Sept. 20

5:48 a.m. — Violate conditions of release — Business Boulevard

9:44 p.m. — Assault — Lake Street

9:48 p.m. – Disturbance — Adams Lane

Thursday, Sept. 21

1:37 a.m. — Eluding — Glenn Highway

11 a.m. — Traffic collision — Old Glenn

3:50 p.m. — Forgery — Business Boulevard

3:50 p.m. — Assault — Business Boulevard

9:45 p.m. — Traffic collision — North Eagle River

9:53 p.m. — Vandalism — Old Glenn

Friday, Sept. 22

1:30 a.m. — Vehicle tampering — Golden Eagle Drive

1:17 p.m. — Traffic violations — Darby/Old Glenn

1:21 p.m. — Burglary — Waterfront Lane

2 p.m. — Theft — Driftwood Bay Drive

3:15 p.m. — Harassment — Lower Terrace Street

4:24 p.m. — Warrant — Husky Street

4:24 p.m. — Warrant — Husky Street

4:24 p.m. — Warrant — Husky Street

8 p.m. — Vehicle tampering — S. Birchwood Loop

8:36 p.m. — Traffic collision — North Eagle River

9:30 p.m. — Warrant — Raven Drive

Saturday, Sept. 23

12:36 a.m. — Assault — Old Glenn

1:50 a.m. — Vehicle tampering — Riddell Street

10:30 a.m. — Assault — Etolin Circle

2:30 p.m. — Theft — Carla Street

9:32 p.m. — Assault — Meadow Creek Drive

10:35 p.m. — Marijuana possession — Carla Street

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