On April 13, 2020, just after 9:00 AM, an adult male got into a van in a business parking lot on the 3100-block of Lakeshore Drive. The 2000 white Ford van belonged to the business where it was parked; the male drove away in it. An employee of the business stated they did not believe there were any keys inside the Ford at the time it was taken.
Later that afternoon, at 1:02 PM, a day-shift officer saw the occupied stolen van parked in the Chelsea Inn parking lot at 3836 Spenard Road. Two officers attempted to block the van in with their patrol vehicles. The driver pushed through the block at a high rate of speed with the stolen van and recklessly drove away; the officers did not pursue. There were no injuries but one of the patrol vehicles had its driver’s side-view mirror broken by the van.
At 1:53 PM an Alaska State Trooper advised APD of a speeding white van driving the wrong way on Muldoon Road near the Glenn Highway. Ultimately the van’s driver eluded the Trooper and the pursuit was discontinued due to the suspect’s dangerous driving behavior.
At 2:57 PM a citizen called APD Dispatch to report a white Ford van that was speeding on Delong Landing Drive near Raspberry Road. The caller stated the van’s driver got out of the van long enough to urinate on the side of the road, and then got back in the vehicle and left at a high rate of speed. Officers responded to the area. The suspect had already proven several times that he would dangerously elude officers, therefore police were in the process of making sure they had enough resources in place to effectively get the suspect driver stopped without further risking the public’s safety. Although they were not actively pursuing, several officers had eyes on the Ford, at various times, as the van as it made its way to Midas at Northern Lights and the Seward Highway where it crashed into a vehicle in the parking lot. One witness called APD Dispatch and stated the van’s driver was still inside the van after the collision. A second witness reported to Dispatch that the van’s driver had fled the area on foot.
Officers arrived and discovered the suspect, later identified as 34-year-old Jeremiah Terrel, had abandoned the van and run away. A perimeter was formed and Terrel was subsequently located by police on the 400-block of W 27th Avenue where he was taken into custody at 3:32 PM. Terrel was transported to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning by detectives. Afterwards he was remanded at the jail on the charges of Vehicle Theft I, Theft II, Driving While License Suspended, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, and Eluding.
There were no injuries.