Accused attempted kidnapper claims ‘prank’ led to Tuesday arrest
UPDATED 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19
Anchorage police arrested a 19-year-old man Tuesday after he reportedly tried to a kidnap a 13-year-old boy at knifepoint near Fire Lake Drive.
At a Wednesday arraignment, the older teen claimed he was trying to pull a prank like those he’d seen online.
According to an Anchorage Police Department Nixle alert, Lor Pao Lee, 19, was arrested for third-degree assault and kidnapping after he allegedly tried to get a 13-year-old boy to get into a car with him.
Lee was arraigned at the Anchorage Correctional Complex Wednesday.
Police said at around 2 p.m. they arrived at a residence in Eagle River for a report of a kidnapping.
Police said the 13-year-old victim told them he was riding on a trail alongside the Old Glenn Highway when a man — later identified as Lee — told him he was looking for a missing child. Lee allegedly offered to give the boy a ride before grabbing his arms and telling him he had to come with him or be killed.
Police said Lee pulled out a knife, at which point the victim punched him in the face, got onto his bike and rode away. Police said Lee got into a vehicle and drove away, but not before the victim could get a description and license plate number.
Officers went to a home on the 16500 block of the Old Glenn Highway where the vehicle was registered and contacted Lee. He was taken to police headquarters for questioning and later arrested for kidnapping and third-degree assault.
According to charging documents in the case, officers searching Lee’s home found a knife with a long black handle that matched the description given by the boy. Police said Lee admitted approaching the boy, grabbing him by the arms and threatening to kill him if he didn’t come with. Lee allegedly told police “wanted to play a prank … that he had seen on Vine videos.”
Anchorage Daily News reporters Michelle Theriault Boots and Laurel Andrews contribued to this report.