Anchorage police use stun gun to take down knife-wielding Soldotna man

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 10:06

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.

A 31-year-old Soldotna man who was reportedly chasing a woman with a knife was arrested Friday morning in Chugiak after being taken down by a police stun gun.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, Clifford W. Stephens was arrested on charges of third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree criminal mischief for the incident, which took place at around 8 a.m. on Pioneer Drive near South Birchwood Loop.

The arrest was at least the fourth this year for Stephens, who was awaiting trial for a July assault at the time of his most recent brush with police. Stephens was also arrested for theft in March and for criminal mischief in April.

In a brief description of Friday’s incident, police said officers responded to a report of a disturbance involving weapons. When officers arrived, police said Stephens was “chasing a woman around a parked car with a knife in his hand.”

Police said they told Stephens to drop the knife, but at first he refused before dropping the knife and running at officers. At that point, police said officers twice deployed Tazer devices in order to subdue him.

“As officers were placing handcuffs on Stephens he continued to kick and try to roll away,” police wrote.

Police reported no injuries in the incident.

According to an online database, Stephens was being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex on Tuesday. In addition to the new case, he’s also facing two third-degree assault charges and a resisting arrest charge from an incident that took place in July in Seward.

Homes burglarized

On Oct. 20 at around 1 p.m. police received a report that someone broke into a home on Kullberg Drive while the homeowners were away. Police said the intruders apparently entered through an upstairs window and stole several items from inside.

On Oct. 26 at around 2:39 p.m. police said several items were stolen from a home under construction on Golden Eagle Drive near Mount Baldy.

Stolen vehicle found

On Oct. 20 at around 3 p.m. police said a white 1998 Ford F150 was stolen from the owner’s driveway on Schroeder Drive in Eagle River. Police said the vehicle was located upside down outside the municipality but did not provide more specifics about where the vehicle was found.

On Oct. 24 at around 11:20 p.m. police said a vehicle was reportedly stolen from the owner’s driveway on Alice Loop in Eagle River while it was unlocked with the keys inside.

About two hours later, police said they received a call from the owner, who said he found the unoccupied vehicle in Anchorage near the intersection of 37th Avenue and Oregon Street.

A few hours after that, police said they received a report that someone had found the vehicle owner’s belongings dumped near the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. The person who found the items told police she removed any papers with the vehicle owner’s name on it and told police where to find the rest of the man’s belongings. Police said they responded to the area and recovered the rest of the items.

Woman arrested for impaired driving

On Oct. 20 at around 10:24 p.m. an APD officer stopped a gray Ford sedan for speeding on the Glenn Highway and arrested Emily M. Crowe, 29, of Anchorage for operating under the influence. Police said Crowe was also cited for speeding and driving while license revoked.

White-bearded truck thief sought

On Oct. 25 at around 6:15 p.m. police said they received a report that a 1973 tan Chevy pickup was stolen from outside a home on Schroeder Drive. According to police, the vehicle’s owner was pulling into his driveway with his daughter when they saw an unknown man standing in front of the truck. The owner’s daughter honked the horn at the man, at which point he jumped into the pickup and drove away. As of Monday the vehicle had not been recovered.

Police said the suspect is described as a white man in his late 60s or early 70s with a white beard who was last seen wearing a red-and-black plaid jacket, a knit hat and gloves.

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