At 12:35 AM on April 21, 2019, a citizen called Dispatch to report they had been side-swiped on A Street between 13th and 15th Avenues. The victim stated he had been driving northbound when a red SUV, also traveling northbound, swerved into his lane and side-swiped him on the passenger side of his white Dodge Caravan. The suspect continued on; the suspect vehicle’s side view mirror was knocked off in the collision and left behind. There were no injuries.
At 12:40 AM APD Dispatch received a call regarding an assault and subsequent stolen vehicle on the 2400-block of Bentzen Circle. The caller stated the suspect was 44-year-old Miguel Zavala and that it had happened approximately 30 minutes prior. Officers responded and made contact with the victim. The victim stated that she and another female were making food in the victim’s apartment when the other female’s boyfriend, Miguel Zavala, arrived. The other female left after getting into an argument with Zavala. Zavala then asked the victim for a ride. The victim agreed, Zavala got into the passenger side of her SUV, and they drove away. The victim stated that when they got to the intersection of Northwood Drive and Aspen Drive, Zavala physically assaulted her, threatened her, and ordered her out of the vehicle. For fear of her own safety, the victim got out and Zavala drove away in the victim’s vehicle. The victim wa lked back to her apartment where she discovered that it had been “destroyed.” Several items had been knocked over and food had been thrown about. The victim called her boyfriend who called police.
At 12:47 AM an Impaired Driving Enforcement Unit (IDEU) Officer, who was on a traffic stop, was flagged by a citizen regarding a red vehicle parked on the side of the road near E 13thAvenue and Ingra Street. The officer had also seen the vehicle as he was conducting the other traffic stop. Further investigation revealed the red vehicle was the stolen 2015 Toyota Yaris; Zavala was sleeping inside. The Toyota’s passenger side door was open and there was fresh damage along the driver’s side of the vehicle; the side view mirror was missing.
While backup officers were arriving, Zavala woke up. The officer could smell alcohol coming from Zavala’s person and he was displaying signs of intoxication. Zavala was handcuffed after refusing to perform Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. After being transported to the Anchorage Jail for processing, Zavala became verbally abusive towards the officer and refused to provide a breath sample. After receiving a search warrant, a blood draw from Zavala was performed.
Zavala was remanded at the jail on two outstanding felony warrants. He was additionally charged with Robbery II, Theft II, Vehicle Theft I, Assault IV, Operating under the Influence, Refusal, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.