POLICE BRIEFS 1/26/12
Shoplifter doubles his bad karma
A Carrs employee who tried to stop a shoplifter got assaulted for her trouble, Anchorage police said.
The female employee, who was not identified, was working in the store at about 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 16 when she saw a person described as a white male come in with an empty grocery basket, according police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker. For reasons not made clear in the report, the employee chose to follow the man around the store as he selected several items, the synopsis said. When he exited near Starbucks, the employee tried to grab the basket and told the man he needed to pay for the items, according to Parker. He swung his arm back, hitting her in the face, and then ran through the parking lot and dropped the basket across the street. Parker said the basket was picked up by another employee, who recovered $56.60 worth of merchandise. The suspect ran into an apartment complex and disappeared. A case is pending, police said.
A Carrs manager declined to comment.
Missing boy found walking the Glenn
An 11-year-old Eagle River boy who left his home around 9 p.m. Jan. 16 after losing at a board game was found more than two hours later along the side of the Glenn Highway, Anchorage police said. The boy later told officers he was trying to find a friend's house to warm up and open his water bottle before he made his way to Anchorage and "did whatever he needed to survive" there, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. He was wearing cold-weather gear and carried a large backpack, Shell said. A substitute teacher at the boy's school recognized him as he walked the highway, picked him up and brought him home around 11:15 p.m., Shell said. The APD search team was called out during the incident. Medics checked the boy and cleared him to go home.
Trophy toss earns Taser attempt
A 31-year-old Eagle River man who appeared to suffer from mental issues was arrested at the home he shares with his parents after becoming combative, Anchorage police said. Officers came to Spencer Ball's home on Twenty Grand Road around 5 a.m. on Jan. 17 after his parents reported that he was being violent and paranoid, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Officers found Ball in the garage, smoking a cigarette, Shell said. He became agitated and threw a trophy at an officer, who attempted to apply a Taser to Ball, Shell said. The Taser didn't make contact with Ball's skin because of his layers of clothes but the officer wrestled him to the ground and handcuffed him, she said. Ball was arrested on charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest and lodged at Anchorage Jail without bail.
Traffic stop leads to DUI arrest
Anchorage police said they arrested Dustin Baldwin, 27, of Fort Richardson just before 3:30 a.m. on Jan. 15 on Centerfield Drive for driving under the influence after pulling him over for tinted windows and failing to signal a turn. Baldwin’s estimated blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,500.
Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.