Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 19:00

Guns play into multiple encounters

Weapons real and fake factored into five incidents around Eagle River and Chugiak in recent days.

A 21-year-old man brandished a handgun at two other young men parked at Schroeder Park on Jan. 31, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. The gun came out after one of the parked young men — who were 17 and 20 years old — displayed some marijuana, Myren said. They handed over the marijuana to the 21-year-old, who drove off. The younger men then flagged down an off-duty officer around noon.

The case was forwarded internally for information only, Myren said.

That same day around 4 p.m., police received a report from the South Peters Creek Chevron, Myren said. Several men got into a dispute over a long line and access to a gas pump, she said. One man “displayed a handgun” but never pointed it at anyone, Myren said. The complainants were a father and son, 53 and 30 respectively. The suspect was male; his age was unavailable.

Three more incidents took place on Feb. 2.

As reported just before 4:45 p.m., a 23-year-old Eagle River man shot himself in the knee while removing a firearm from the glove compartment of his vehicle, Myren said. The man had just ejected a full magazine and was pulling his right arm back while getting out of the vehicle when he smacked his elbow and his finger moved from the slide to the trigger and pressed it, she said. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Just before 9 p.m. that night, a group of tenants at a Chugiak home on Gorsuch Street called police to report an irate man with a gun banging on the door, Myren said. The man, who said he owned the place, threatened the occupants, a 48-year-old woman and two men, one 23 and the other 26, she said. Police issued an arrest warrant for James Prabucki, 59, of Wasilla, Myren said.

Then at about 11:45 p.m. police got a report from Four Wheel Drive in Chugiak of a disturbance involving a weapon. In this case, it turned out the gun wasn’t real, Myren said. One man pulled an airsoft gun - a replica firearm that shoots plastic pellets — after another man entered the residence and wouldn’t leave, Myren said. Police arrested Lawrence Brys, 41, of Anchorage for unauthorized entry and disorderly conduct. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $500 bail.


Shooting range vandalized

Someone broke into the Birchwood Public Shooting Range and damaged a number of objects including a display case and a mounted sheep head, according to a Feb. 1 report filed with Anchorage police.

The burglary remains under investigation but it’s unclear what, if anything, was taken, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. Someone forced open the door after shooting it and left significant damage to a television, artwork, and even some food items, she said.


ERHS student sent home after incident

Anchorage police said a 16-year-old male student was directed to contact McLauglin Youth Center following a teacher’s report that he touched her inappropriately.

The incident on Jan. 31 apparently occurred in front of other students after the 16-year-old bumped into the teacher near a track, police spokeswoman Dani Myren said. The student said he touched the teacher accidentally after they bumped up against each other, Myren said. The teacher said the contact appeared deliberate, she said. Police arrested the student on charges of harassment. He was released to his father.


Domestic violence reports

Anchorage police logged several domestic-violence reports in the past week. The Star does not name defendants in these arrests to protect the identity of the victims.

On Jan. 31, police said they arrested a 38-year-old Chugiak woman for assault and family violence after she struck a family member. Alcohol was involved, spokeswoman Dani Myren said.

On Feb. 1, police arrested a 24-year-old man from Anchorage after he assaulted a family member in Eagle River.

On Feb. 2, police arrested a 23-year-old man from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson for assault and violating a protective order after he struck a friend or family member.

On Feb. 5, a 17-year-old male was remanded to McLaughlin Youth Center after he assaulted a family member in Chugiak.


DUI reports

Anchorage police said they arrested Jason Ronimus, 38, of Eagle River for driving under the influence after another driver reported being nearly struck by a badly swerving vehicle that had run a red light at about 7:45 p.m. on Jan. 31. Ronimus’ breath-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when he was stopped on Business Boulevard. He was taken to Anchorage Jail on $2500 bail.

In another, unrelated DUI arrest, police said they arrested Teena Gile, 52, of Eagle River after a towtruck driver called dispatchers at about 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 2 to say he thought the driver of a van he was pulling from a snowbank might be intoxicated. Gile’s breath-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. She was taken to Anchorage Jail on $500 bail.


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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