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Anchorage Police Department
Thursday February 21st, 2019 :: 03:46 p.m. AKST

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Eight people arrested in five separate stolen vehicle investigations. A stolen gun was recovered.

Case 19-2427 and 17-698:
 
At 3:11 PM on January 18, 2019, APD responded to an automotive repair shop at 340 Concrete Street.  The business had been burglarized; a key for a 2014 silver Ford Focus had been taken along with the vehicle.
 
At 7:39 PM on February 15th, a swing shift patrol officer saw an occupied silver Ford parked near a dumpster on the 800-block of Price Street.  A computer check of the license plate revealed the vehicle had been stolen almost a month prior.  After the driver moved the car to a parking space in front of a nearby apartment complex, the officer activated his overhead lights and sirens and blocked in the stolen Ford with his patrol car. After backup officers arrived, the two adult male occupants were taken into custody and transported to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning by detectives.  After obtaining permission form the vehicle’s owner, a search of the Ford turned up a stolen firearm, heroin, and drug paraphernalia.
 
The passenger, 26-year-old Robert M. Luzader III, was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on the charges of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance II, Criminal Mischief V – Riding in a Stolen Vehicle, and Violate Conditions of Release for a Felony.
 
The driver, 30-year-old Michael J. Murphy, was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on the charges of Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance II, Vehicle Theft I, and Theft II.
 
The recovered handgun had been reported as stolen to APD on January 5, 2017.  The gun was taken from the trunk of a parked vehicle.
 
Case 19-6167:
 
A 2016 silver Scion was reported as stolen to APD at 6:24 PM on February 16, 2019.  The keys had been stolen from the owner’s residence on the 4300-block of Cope Street and the vehicle was subsequently taken. 
 
At 8:36 AM on February 17th a day shift patrol officer saw the vehicle in the area of Minnesota and Tudor.  She initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle.  The suspect driver did not yield and continued to drive at a slow rate of speed.  When the driver attempted to turn onto W 48th from Tudor Road, she struck an officer’s car which caused the Scion to get stuck in a snowbank at W 48th and Harding.  Patrol officers blocked in the vehicle and ordered the female driver to exit.  After initially refusing to comply, she eventually crawled through a window and was taken into custody.
 
After obtaining permission from the vehicle’s owner, officers searched the vehicle and found heroin and several needles.
 
26-year-old Charissa D. Philemonof was transported to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning by detectives.  Afterwards she was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on the charges of Vehicle Theft I, Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance IV, and Fail to Stop.
 
Case 19-6113:
 
At 8:08 AM on February 16, 2019, a tan 2016 Subaru was reported as stolen to APD.  The unoccupied vehicle was unlocked and running with the keys inside when it was taken from the 3500-block of Mountain View Drive.
 
At 1:10 PM on February 17th a citizen called APD Dispatch and reported the stolen car was parked at the Shell gas station at 3635 Mountain View Drive.  As officers were in route they were notified the vehicle had moved across the street to the car wash and then drove towards the 100-block of Ridgeline Loop.
 
When the Scion got to the intersection of Mountain View Drive and Taylor Street, an officer entered the intersection with their emergency lights on.  The suspect driver swerved into oncoming traffic in an attempt to escape.  Officers were in the process of disengaging from the pursuit when the suspect driver crashed at Taylor and Peterkin.  Two occupants got out of the vehicle and ran.
 
The passenger, 22-year-old Jasten K. Fujishiro, was caught on the 3600-block of Peterkin and taken into custody.  After being transported to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning, he was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on the charges of Vehicle Theft I and Theft II.
 
The driver, 21-year-old Maquire M. Levi, began shedding clothes as he ran.  He was caught and taken into custody at Peterkin and Mumford.  After being questioned by detectives, he was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on the charges of Vehicle Theft I, Theft II, Fail to Stop, and Violate Conditions of Release.
 
Case 19-4297:
 
At 1:50 PM on February 2, 2019, a 1996 black Toyota Tacoma was reported as stolen to APD. The unoccupied vehicle was unlocked and running with the keys inside when it was taken from the 8500-block of Mentra Circle.
 
At 10:38 AM on February 18th a patrol officer saw a vehicle parked at McDonalds on W Northern Lights Boulevard; the vehicle only had one license plate.  A computer check revealed the vehicle had been reported as stolen 16 days prior.  The officer looked inside the unoccupied truck and saw the ignition had been drilled out.
 
After requesting backup units, the officer went inside the restaurant and was told by a store employee which customer had been seen driving the vehicle. When the suspect driver stepped outside to leave, the initial officer took him into custody without incident.  30-year-old Dennis J. Hibpshman was transported to the Anchorage Police Department for questioning by detectives.  Afterwards Hibpshman was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on the charges of Vehicle Theft I and Theft II.
 
Case 19-6568:
 
At 10:45 PM on February 19, 2019, a 2002 silver Mercedes was reported as stolen to APD.  The vehicle had been stolen from the garage during a burglary of a home on the 4000-block of Romanzof Circle.  The homeowners were not at the residence at the time of the crime; their adult son had been housesitting and allowed a male named “Mike” to stay one night.  The complainant thought Mike had probably returned to the house and stole the vehicle.  Access to the home was gained through an open rear window.
 
At 4:35 AM on February 21st a mid-shift officer located the parked stolen vehicle; two people were sleeping inside.  Backup officers arrived at a parking lot on the 500-block of E 5th Avenue and blocked in the vehicle with their patrol cars.  The driver, 24-year-old Michael R. Mead, and the passenger, 21-year-old Alyssa V. Warner, both woke up as officers were getting into position.  They followed commands and were taken into custody.
 
Both were transported to the Anchorage Police Department to be questioned by detectives.  Afterwards Mead was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on the charges of Burglary I, Vehicle Theft I, and Theft II.  Warner was jailed on an outstanding warrant.

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