On August 14, 2019, a citizen arrived at Russian Jack Elementary School at 4300 E 20th Avenue to pick up her children who were playing on the playground. While doing so the woman saw a male, wearing all camouflage, ride up to the playground on his bike. The man dismounted and then stared at …

On August 12, 2019 Superior Court Judge Kevin M. Saxby sentenced 77-year-old Ernesto Carinio to serve 31 years on multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor.

On the evening of Friday 7/26/19, Crimes Against Children Unit Detectives began investigating a report of an adult male who was at the top of a playground slide structure at Stephenson Park (Old Seward Highway and Helen Drive) when he approached a female juvenile, inappropriately touched her…

In the fall of 2017, APD’s Special Victims Unit was assigned a sexual assault case wherein 34-year-old Alphonso L. Mosley III was identified as the suspect. As a result, Mosley’s DNA was obtained. That DNA was entered into CODIS (DNA index system) which linked Mosely to unsolved local sexual…

U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Tyler Chance Bateman, 29, of Anchorage, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to serve four years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for using the internet to threaten Bateman’s parents, …

At 6:38 PM on February 8, 2019, a 2012 black Chevy pickup was stolen from the owner’s workplace on the 700-block of W Dimond Boulevard.  There was a shotgun inside the Chevy when the truck was taken. The unoccupied vehicle was recovered two days later in a business parking lot on the 200-blo…

At 4:02 AM on July 24, 2019, officers responded to reports of a stabbing in a residential apartment complex on the 900-block of Richardson Road. Upon arrival officers saw a male standing outside lighting up a cigarette. He was not wearing a shirt and blood was smeared on his upper body. He a…

At 6:32 PM on Monday, July 22, 2019, a citizen called APD Dispatch and reported that he had been held against his will at gunpoint. The victim stated that one of the suspects was 29-year-old Lester A. Hunt III. While police were responding to the residence on the 200-block of N Park Street, …

On July 15, 2019, an adult female reported to APD that she had discovered the spare key to her red Chevy Malibu, which she kept inside the car, was gone. The victim stated she had allowed a male and female, whom she did not previously know, to stay at her residence for a couple of days.  The…

At 7:55 PM on July 13, 2019, a citizen called APD Dispatch to report that someone had rolled their vehicle on the ramp at O’Malley and the New Seward Highway.  As police were responding, Dispatch was further advised the driver was running from the crash on foot.  Several officers began searc…

At 5:10 PM on Monday, July 8, 2019, APD responded to Fred Meyer on Debarr Road in reference to a shoplifter, 33-year-old Jana L. Miller, who was in custody by store security. Upon arrival officers were told by security staff they had watched Miller shoplift several items. They followed Mille…

On 7/5/19 at around 8:06 a.m., Mid-Shift Patrol officers noticed black smoke and some flames in a wooded area near the intersection of Elmore Road and E Tudor Road. Our partners at the Anchorage Fire Department were notified as well as the WIldfire Crew that was already in the general area f…

Through the investigation the Anchorage Police Department has been determined that 37-year-old Joshua J. Pettis shot and killed his girlfriend, 51-year-old Tammy S. Vasofski, before turning the gun on himself.  Next-of-kin notification has been completed.

At 10:36 PM on Monday, July 1, 2019, a citizen called APD Dispatch to report that a male had been shot. Another citizen called to say they heard shots fired and saw people running. Officers responded to the trailer park on the 9500-block of Brayton Drive and made contact with the adult male …

At 2:33 AM on June 28, 2019, a citizen called Police Dispatch to report they had seen people with guns get into a vehicle. Officers responded to the 2200-block of Eureka Street. While in route officers were informed the two vehicles involved, a pickup and a sedan, had left the area.

At 9:27 PM on June 26, 2019 a citizen called Police Dispatch to report a male sleeping in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in a parking lot on the 1000-block of E 76thAvenue.  Officers arrived and saw a man, later identified as 29-year-old Suddcliff E. Sechlee, sleeping in a silver 2005 Land R…

Update - from the Attorney General's Office:

At 1:56 AM on June 24, 2019 a citizen called APD to report a yellow cab that was being driven recklessly. The caller stated the cab driver did a U-turn in the middle of Lake Otis, drove up on the sidewalk, and then sped down the roadway. As officers responded to the area, several more citize…

At 9:16 PM on June 23, 2019, APD responded to a residence on the 7500-block of Foxridge Way in reference to a bullet that had entered an apartment through the floor. No injuries were reported. Officers responded and made contact with the complainant who showed officers a bullet hole in the c…

At 6:05 PM on June 18, 2019, Officers were dispatched to a parking lot on the 5400-block of E Northern Lights Boulevard in reference to a male slumped over the wheel of a 2006 silver Honda CRV. It was reported that a female was passed out in the back seat. While the officers were in route Di…

At 6:26 AM on June 8, 2019, a blue 2007 Toyota Sequoia was reported as stolen to APD. The vehicle was locked and parked in the street in front of the owner’s residence on the 1000-block of W 27th Avenue when it was taken. The owner had been woken up by his vehicle’s alarm going off. When the…

On 6/15/19 at around 1:26 a.m., a mid-shift patrol officer was in the area of C Street and W Fireweed Lane when he observed a black Lincoln SUV approaching the intersection; a quick computer check determined that the vehicle was registered as stolen.

At 12:46 AM on Sunday, June 9, 2019, an Impaired Driving Enforcement Unit Officer (IDEU) conducted a traffic stop on a red Chevy Malibu in the parking lot of First National Bank at 1821 Gambell Street. The officer initiated the stop after witnessing the driver of the Malibu drift across all …

At 9:50 PM on June 5, 2019, a citizen called APD Dispatch to report that a blue Honda Civic had been driven through a residential yard on the 3100-block of South Circle. Shortly thereafter Dispatch received another call of a blue vehicle being driven recklessly on O’Malley near Lake Otis.

On 6/3/19 around 11:30 a.m., Cynthia Hoffman (19-years-old) was reported missing by a family member. The family member reported she was last seen by a friend at Polar Bear Park possibly on 6/2/19 around 4 p.m. wearing blue jeans, a hoodie and tennis shoes.

U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that a Wasilla man has been sentenced to federal prison after he and a co-conspirator stole a fossilized woolly mammoth tusk from an Anchorage BLM museum, and then cut the tusk into pieces and sold them for profit.

On 5/30/19 around 8:55 a.m., Dispatch received a report of shots fired in the 1100 block of Medfra Street. Officers with the Patrol Division located an adult male lying in the 1200 block of 12th Avenue shot multiple times. He was transported to a local hospital. His condition is unknown at t…

U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that two Anchorage men were found

At 9:43 AM on May 17, 2019, a citizen called APD Dispatch to report his vehicle as stolen.  The citizen had gotten into a car crash with his 2008 black Chevy Impala in a parking lot on the 3800-block of Lake Otis Parkway.  As the citizen was out of his vehicle and exchanging information with…

Next of kin procedures are complete. The victim has been identified as 37-year-old Leopoldo Sanchez.

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that three Anchorage residents have been sentenced for their roles in an Anchorage mail theft scheme, which involved obtaining checks from the mail, and then negotiating the stolen checks at different banks using stolen identities an…

At 7:54 AM on April 24, 2019, a white 1990 Jeep Cherokee was reported as stolen to police. The vehicle was parked in its assigned parking space at an apartment complex on the 3500-block of Wyoming Drive when it was taken.  There was a spare key inside the vehicle.