Anchorage man arrested for pointing rifle at motorist on Glenn Highway
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Police arrested a 25-year-old Anchorage man on a third-degree assault charge on Saturday after he allegedly pointed a rifle at another motorist on the Glenn Highway.
According to Anchorage Police, officers were called at around 5 p.m. Saturday to the home of a man who said he had a gun pointed at him during a “road rage” incident. Police said the man told them he was driving southbound on the Glenn Highway near the Knik River Bridge when he saw a black Chevy Impala driving aggressively in his rearview mirror.
Police said the man told them the Impala started to “tailgate” him, at which point he saw the driver — later identified as Michael R. Widemann Jr., — point a rifle at him. The man said Wideman then pulled alongside his vehicle and again pointed the gun at him.
“The victim sped up in an attempt to get away;” police wrote in a synopsis of the incident. “Widemann caught up, matched the victim’s speed, and pointed the gun a third time. The victim then slammed on his breaks [sic], allowed Widemann to get ahead of him, and then stayed several vehicles behind Widemann’s Impala.”
Police said officers located Widemann on the Glenn Highway near the North Eagle River exit and took him and the rifle into custody. Police said there was no indication the victim or Widemann knew each other before the incident.
Police arrest 5 for drunk driving
On Aug. 6 at around 12:25 a.m. police responded to a residence on Kiloana Circle for a report of a teen driving while intoxicated. Police said the youth was taken to McLaughlin Youth Center with charges forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
On Aug. 10 at around 12:26 a.m., police said they received a call about a white Jeep that was unable to stay in its lane on the Glenn Highway. Police said they stopped the vehicle and arrested driver Lori A. Hessin, 56, of Eagle River for driving under the influence.
On Aug. 10 at around 1 a.m. police said they stopped a Dodge coupe after receiving a call about a drunk driver and arrested driver Austin C. Boren, 21, of Wasilla for operating under the influence. Police said Boren was also issued a citation for violating the “Move Over” law prior to being stopped by police.
On Aug. 11 at around 12;22 a.m., police dispatch received a call about a Jeep Patriot “swerving all over the roadway and almost hitting other vehicles,” police said. Police stopped the vehicle and arrested driver Fiapai Aukuso, 31, of Anchorage for operating under the influence. Aukuso was also charged with chemical test refusal.
On Aug. 11 at around 2:40 a.m. an APD officer stsopped a motorcycle that was allegedly swerving on the Glenn Highway near the North Eagle River exit and arrested driver Robert R. Muench, 24, of JBER for operating under the influence.
On Aug. 6 at around 3 p.m. police received a report about an apartment on Monte Road that had its door kicked in and items stolen while the tenant was away. Police said the landlord discovered the damage and called police.
Teen arrested after fight
On Aug. 10 at around 7:11 p.m. police responded to a home on Birch Creek Drive for a report of a family fight and found that a teenager had allegedly broken her sister’s glasses and also injured her mother after she stepped in to separate the two. Police said the girl was taken to McLauglin Youth Center with charges forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.