Knifepoint truckjacking suspects arrested at Eagle River pizza restaurant

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 15:17

Two men were arrested last week at an Eagle River pizza restaurant for an alleged knifepoint truckjacking in Anchorage.

According to police, on April 23 at around 8:27 a.m., APD officers responded to Center Bowl in Anchorage for a report of a stolen truck.

Police said a man told them he was sitting in the passenger seat of a friend’s truck when Chugiak’s Jack D. Sanders, 26, walked up with a knife in his hand and said he was taking the vehicle. The victim told police Sanders pulled him from the truck, then got in the passenger seat while Palmer’s Nicholas O’Neal, 27, got behind the wheel and drove off.

About three hours after the reported robbery, APD received a tip Sanders and O’Neal were at the Pizza Hut in Eagle River. Officers arrived at the restaurant, where they took both men into custody on charges of robbery and vehicle theft.

Court records show Sanders pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery — a Class A felony — in 2013. As of Tuesday, May 1, Sanders remained in jail while O’Neal had been released from custody.

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