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, one of the officers saw someone matching Hunt’s description walking in the area of Mountain View Drive and Flower Street. The officer kept eyes on the suspect until more units arrived. Officers pulled up on Hunt and gave him commands which he followed. Hunt was taken into custody and transported to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning.
Initial indications are that at around 8PM on July 21, 2019, someone threw a rock at the victim’s living room window. The victim did not file an on-line police report as directed to do so by APD Dispatch but he did notify his landlord. Approximately four hours later the victim returned to his apartment and got into an argument with roommates Lester Hunt and 33-year-old Levi C. Evangelista about the rock that broke the window. During that verbal altercation the victim told Hunt and Evangelista to leave at which time Evangelista pulled a shotgun on the victim while Hunt tied the victim up. The victim was then ordered into the space beneath the stairs and told to stay there. Eventually the victim was let out and untied but one of the suspects stayed with him at all times inside the apartment. During that time Hunt had possession of a handgun. The victim was able to escape when the landlord arrived on scene to fix the broken window.
Lester Hunt was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. He was additionally charged with DV Assault III, DV Assault IV, Misconduct Involving a Weapon III – Felon in Possession, and Theft II.
Levi Evangelista had fled the scene prior to police arrival and he has yet to be located. A felony arrest warrant has been obtained for him for the charges of DV Assault III and DV Assault IV. Evangelista is 5’10” tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding Evangelista’s whereabouts is asked to call APD Dispatch at 3-1-1 (option #1). To remain anonymous you may contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or online at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.
After obtaining a warrant officers searched the apartment where the assault took place. They recovered a firearm which had been reported as stolen on July 12, 2019, in a residential burglary in Eagle River on the 16500-block of Centerfield Drive. Someone had forced entry through the front door, ransacked the home, and stole several items to include the handgun.
This case is still ongoing and additional charges are possible.