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.
At 12:14 AM on April 27, 2019, a citizen called APD to report a male passed out in a Jeep parked between Home Depot and Carrs on Abbott Road. A computer check by Dispatch revealed the Jeep had been reported as stolen three days prior. Officers arrived and blocked in the Jeep with their patrol cars. Afterwards the suspect, later identified as 28-year-old Michael R. Wool, woke up and saw the police. Wool ignored officers’ commands, put the vehicle in gear, and attempted to ram his way out of the block. After several attempts to drive away, Wool stopped hitting the cars but continued be noncompliant with instructions. After officers deployed pepper spray inside the Jeep, Wool got out and was taken into custody.
Burglary tools were found inside the Jeep; the vehicle was impounded as evidence. Wool was evaluated on scene by medics for both the pepper spray and a small cut on his finger. There was damage to the Jeep, several police cars, and a tree on Carrs’ property.
After being transported to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning by detectives, Wool was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on an existing felony warrant. He was further charged with Vehicle Theft I, Criminal Mischief III, five counts of Reckless Endangerment, Resisting, Possession of Burglary Tools, Theft II, and Criminal Mischief V.