POLICE BRIEFS: Eagle River assault suspect taken into custody

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 11:52
  • Gage McKenzie (APD photo)

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.

UPDATE (Oct. 23, 2019): McKenzie was listed as in custody Wednesday morning at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.


Anchorage police are looking for an Eagle River man accused of grabbing a woman by the throat and pushing her against a wall.

According to APD, Gage N. McKenzie, 26, is wanted for assault and family violence for an incident that was reported at around 5:56 p.m. on Oct. 16 near Park Place Street. Police said when they arrived, a woman told them she and McKenzie had an argument during which she pushed him and told him to leave. In response, police said McKenzie allegedly grabbed the woman and held her by the throat so she was unable to breathe before pushing her to the ground. Police said the woman had visible injuries and there were two young children inside the home at the time.

Police described McKenzie as 6 feet tall, 180 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes. Anyone who knows where he is is asked to call police at 311 (option 1).

Broken-down vehicle runs away

On Oct. 14 at around 7 p.m. police received a report that the owner of a 2003 gray Dodge Durango left the vehicle on the side of the Glenn Highway after it broke down and the vehicle was subsequently stolen. As of Tuesday it had not been recovered.

Man missing jacket, pickup

On Oct. 19 at around 10:15 p.m. police said they received a report that a black 2007 Dodge Ram pickup had been stolen from a driveway on Hannah Jane Place. Police said the vehicle’s owner told them he thought he may have left his jacket with the keys inside at a local business and the man speculated someone used the keys to steal the vehicle.

Officer tracks down speeder

On Oct. 14 at around 9:56 p.m. police tried to stop a Chevy Blazer on the Glenn Highway for allegedly driving 90 mph in a 65 mph zone, but said the officer ended the pursuit when the driver failed to pull over.

Police said the officer investigated and determined the driver was Raymond R. Thompson, 22, of Anchorage. Police said the officer went to Thompson’s house and arrested him for failure to stop; Thompson was also issued citations for driving while license canceled and reckless driving.

One armed man arrested for drunken driving

On Oct. 15 at around 12:10 a.m. police received a call about a Toyota Tundra weaving in the road. Officers arrived and stopped the vehicle, which they said had ammunition in plain view. Police said officers asked the driver, Christopher A. White, 35, of Palmer, if there was a gun in the vehicle. Police said White initially said there wasn’t a gun in the vehicle before admitting he had one in the back seat. Police arrested White on charges of operating under the influence and misconduct involving a weapon for being drunk while in possession of a firearm.

Windows broken

On Oct. 15 at around 6:36 p.m. police received a report that two exterior windows were broken at Gruening Middle School.

On Oct. 17 at around 5:56 p.m. police said they received a report that someone tried to break into a home on Trail Bay Drive while the homeowners were away by shattering the glass of a living room window. However, police said it did not appear the burglar(s) went inside the home.

Woman arrested for drunken driving

On Oct. 18 at around 9:59 p.m. police received a report of a vehicle weaving in traffic on the Glenn Highway. Police said officers were able to locate the Ford Escape near South Birchwood Loop and arrested the driver, Miranda L. Palin, 26, of Anchorage for operating under the influence.

Police say man was framed

On Oct. 19 at around 10:15 p.m. police said they responded to a residence on Laughlin Street for a report of a disturbance involving a man and woman and arrested Diane M. Ruth, 61, of Chugiak for allegedly throwing a picture frame, which hit and injured the man’s head. Police said alcohol is thought to have factored into the incident.

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