Cops take down man accused of throwing change, trying to steal smokes

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:32
  • An Anchorage Police Department vehicle at the Bear Paw Parade on Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Eagle River, Alaska. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

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.

Anchorage police arrested a 30-year-old man May 20 after he allegedly threw change at the cashier and tried to help himself to cigarettes behind the counter.

According to APD, police responded to the Tesoro on the Old Glenn Highway at around 5:45 p.m. for a report of an unruly customer who tried to reenter the store after being kicked out for throwing change at the clerk. When Kyle W. Smith returned to the store, police said, he went behind the counter and began taking cigarettes off the rack, at which point an employee tried to stop him. Police said Smith allegedly pushed the employee out of the way and knocked over several water bottles on his way out.

Police said Smith was found walking near the gas station, where he ignored their commands and had to be taken to the ground. He was arrested on charges of second-degree robbery, fourth-degree theft, resisting arrest and first-degree criminal trespass.

Men arrested for domestic violence

On May 20 at around 8:44 p.m. police were called to a residence on Danny Drive for a disturbance. There, police said they found Richard W. Northrup, 63, of Eagle River had allegedly pushed a woman during an argument, causing her to fall and hit her head. Northrup was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault.

On May 21 at around 7 p.m. police responded to Teklanika Drive, where John P. Buckley, 31, was charged with assault after police said he allegedly made comments to a woman “about one of them dying as a result of the break-up.”

On May 26 at around 3:40 a.m. police responded to a residence on Lake Street for a report of a disturbance. When officers arrived, they heard a loud bang, which police said they discovered was caused when Gerald D. Cleveland, Jr., 27, of Wasilla kicked in a bedroom door. When police entered the home they found Cleveland “hovering over his wife and child who were on the ground and visibly in fear.” Police said the woman told them that before they arrived, Cleveland raised his hand and threatened to hit her in front of their child.

Cleveland was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault, criminal mischief and family violence.

Burglaries reported

On May 21 at around 9 p.m. police received a report that someone rifled through a vehicle parked outside a residence on Coronado Drive and stole a garage door opener, which the thieves used to gain entry to the garage and stole several items from inside.

On May 23 at around 6 a.m. police received a report that someone entered their home while they were sleeping and stole several items. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.

DUI arrests made

On May 22 at around 12:32 a.m. an APD officer stopped a vehicle on the Glenn Highway near the North Eagle River exit for allegedly driving without its headlights on and weaving and arrested the driver, Ruben I. T. Herrera, 20, of Anchorage on suspicion of operating under the influence of drugs.

On May 25 at around 12:50 a.m. police received a call about a Toyota 4-Runner that was reportedly weaving and changing speeds on the Glenn Highway. Police said officers found the vehicle parked in a residential driveway with 36-year-old Kaitlyn A. Burns of Eagle River standing outside. Police said Burns showed signs of intoxication but refused to provide a breath sample. She was arrested and charged with operating under the influence and chemical test refusal.

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