POLICE BRIEFS - 3/14/13



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Father tases neighbor

Anchorage police said they arrested Mark Chapin, 42, of Eagle River after he used a stun gun on a 27-year-old male neighbor after accusing him of acting like a sexual predator around his teenage son.

The 27-year-old resident of Crested Butte Drive told police he encountered a young “somewhat familiar” male neighbor during the afternoon of May 4. He told an officer he danced in the street with the youth, whom he thought was 18 but was actually 13, said police spokeswoman Anita Shell. Then he said the two stripped to their shorts and ran to some nearby mailboxes and back, Shell said.

About four hours later, around 10 o’clock that night, Chapin — the boy’s father — approached the neighbor asking his name and “yelled at him about being a child molester,” Shell said. Chapin shoved past the victim’s grandmother and used some kind of stun gun on the victim’s face, Shell said. The grandmother reported a residual shock to her chest. Police got a call about the incident at 10:50 p.m.

Police couldn’t make contact with Chapin at his home, she said. He turned himself in the next evening at Anchorage Jail. He was lodged there on charges of burglary and assault.

 

Man trashes house

A 32-year-old Eagle River man ransacked his family home on Davis Street on March 4, Anchorage police said. Officers responded to a 12:55 a.m. call about a disturbance, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. A neighbor called 911 saying a man outside was screaming he wanted to kill himself, Shell said. The neighbor thought they heard a gunshot but officers later couldn’t confirm that report.

Officers who arrived at the home discovered that Dewey Johnson “was out of control inside the house,” Shell said. He overturned a table, broke a mirror, overturned a china hatch and broke a fish tank, she said. Johnson apparently lives in the house with family members.

Police arrested him on charges of third-degree criminal mischief. Damage items in the home amounted to more than $500 in value. An officer reported smelling alcohol on Johnson. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $500 bail.

 

Speeder cited for drugs

Anchorage police said they cited and released Mikayla Wallace, 19, of Anchorage on March 5 for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after pulling her over for speeding on the Glenn Highway near the south Eagle River exit. The officer claimed he could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Wallace handed him a jug with several marijuana buds inside.

 

Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.

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