POLICE BEAT: Late night argument results in possible seven years’ bad luck

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:01

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.

APD officers responded to a residence at around 3:44 a.m. on Feb. 9 in response to a physical disturbance between four people. It was determined that 37-year-old Stephanie Thibedeau of Eagle River had been out with two others.

When the three arrived home, a fourth person in the house got into a verbal argument with Thibedeau regarding her drinking. Thibedeau ripped the shirt of the fourth person and then all four were engaged in a verbal argument. Thibedeau grabbed a long black electrical cord and began swinging it around. The other three wrestled Thibedeau to the ground. Thibedeau also broke a mirror in the home.

Thibedeau was arrested and charged with Assault and Criminal Mischief V.

Lost and found

A Ford sedan was stolen from the home of a mechanic who was working on the vehicle on Feb. 7. Shortly after the vehicle was reported as stolen, it was located unoccupied in Anchorage in a ditch on the Seward Highway near Dimond Boulevard. This case is still pending.

Fake Fifty

The male suspect attempted to pay for merchandise in Walmart with a counterfeit $50 bill on Feb. 8. Employees immediately noticed the bill was a fraud and the transaction was denied. The male suspect then stole items from the Housewares Department.

Maybe the dog was driving

An APD officer stopped on a red sedan stuck in a ditch on the Glenn Highway at 9:41 p.m. on Feb. 8. The driver, 54-year-old Michael F. Simmons of Big Lake, was arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence. A dog was in the sedan; an officer transported the dog to Simmons’ friend’s house.

Smash and grab

While a Chevy Tahoe was parked behind Fred Meyer on Feb. 9, an unknown suspect gained entry into the vehicle by punching through the lock on the passenger side door. The stereo was stolen from the dashboard, which had been torn up. The ignition had been tampered with; it appears the suspect was attempting to steal the Tahoe.

Domestic violence

During an argument with his wife on Feb. 10, 47-year-old Billy D. Browning of Eagle River chest bumped his wife and uttered threatening words. These actions put his wife in fear for her life prompting her to call police. Browning was arrested and charged with Assault. Alcohol appears to have been a factor.

Ditch diving

A citizen called APD Dispatch and reported that an intoxicated male driver went into the ditch on Feb. 10 at about 9:40 p.m. Officers arrived and made contact with 27-year-old Daniel R. Florence of Eagle River. Florence was arrested and charged with Operating Under the Influence.

Creeping and entering

A homeowner discovered foot tracks on Feb. 11 in the snow on her property that had been made sometime during the night. The tracks led throughout the property; they went up to a storage hut, the shed, and to the windows on the lower level of the home. While it does appear that entry was made into the unsecured storage hut, it does not appear that anything was taken.

Domestic violence

A boyfriend and girlfriend, who were in the process of breaking up, got into a verbal argument on Feb. 10. The male half hit the female half multiple times in the head causing her to have visible injuries to her face. 50-year-old Scot A. Yates of Eagle River was arrested and charged with Assault.

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