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Anchorage Police Department
Thursday February 21st, 2019 :: 06:00 p.m. AKST

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Jasten Fujishiro jailed on 15 charges after stealing a car and attempting to bait officers into several pursuits.

At 1:05 AM on February 19, 2019, a citizen called APD to report that his work vehicle had just been stolen from the Holiday gas station at 3500 C Street.  The victim, a security guard, had been in the process of trespassing 22-year-old Jasten K. Fujishiro from the property when Fujishiro jumped into the 2014 Nissan Xterra security vehicle and drove away. Officers arrived in the area but were unable to immediately locate the Nissan.
 
Just over an hour later, at 2:13 AM, a citizen called Police Dispatch to report that a security vehicle had run a red light at the intersection of the Seward Highway and E Tudor Road and struck his vehicle.  The complainant stated the security vehicle didn’t stop after the wreck and it ran another red light in the process of fleeing the scene. The citizen stated the suspect was driving erratically just prior to the collision.  The citizen had pulled into the median in an attempt to keep from getting hit but was struck anyway. 
 
At 2:39 AM an officer spotted the vehicle at Dowling and the Old Seward Highway.  As other officers were driving towards that direction, the security vehicle ended up being between two patrol cars as they approached the Old Seward and Dimond intersection.  The security vehicle sped up, went around the patrol car in front, and ran the red light.  The officers did not pursue and had not activated their emergency equipment.
 
Shortly thereafter there were officers on the scene of an unrelated traffic stop at 69th and Old Seward.  Fujishiro drove past the scene several times.  He would slow down, flip off the officers, and swerve like he was trying to hit either the officers and/or their patrol vehicles.  The officers did not engage.
 
At 3:25 AM Fujishiro began to follow an officer who was traveling westbound on Tudor near Old Seward.  The suspect stayed several car lengths behind the patrol car until they traveled through the intersection at A Street and 36th Avenue.  At that time Fujishiro increased his speed until he was just a few feet behind the patrol car.  The officer, who thought he was about to get hit, increased his speed at which time Fujishiro backed off. The officer came to a stop at a red light when he saw Fujishiro driving at him from behind at a high rate of speed.  Realizing he was about to get hit, the officer accelerated.  After rear-ending the officer’s patrol car, Fujishiro initially backed off but then accelerated towards the officer again.  The officer sped up, as did Fujishiro, as other officers arrived and began to block in the security vehicle in an attempt to get it stopped. The pursuit was called off when Fujishiro refused to stop and was driving at high rates of speed through Downtown where snow removal workers were operating and pedestrians were walking.
 
The officer who had been rear-ended pulled over near 6th and G Street.  Other officers stopped in the same area and it was determined that two other patrol vehicles had also been struck by Fujishiro.  No one was injured and all three of those police cars were still operational.
 
At 3:46 AM officers saw Fujishiro in the area of W Benson and Cheechako where they were able to successfully block in the security vehicle and get it stopped.  At that point Fujishiro followed officers’ commands and was taken into custody.  He was transported to the Anchorage Police Department to be questioned by detectives.  
 
Fujishiro was remanded at the Anchorage Jail on the charges of Vehicle Theft I, Theft II, two counts of Fail to Stop, three counts of Assault III, four counts of Leaving the Scene of a Crash, Violation of Conditions of Release, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, and Criminal Mischief.
 
APD Cases: 19-6409, 19-6411, 19-6414, and 19-6415
 

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