Man Arrested After Robbery/Eluding
Anchorage Police Department
September 14, 2013
Contact: Anita Shell
APD Public Information Officer
Anchorage Police responded to a verbal disturbance in Fairview this afternoon that later turned violent and ended with the heroic actions of a citizen.
At 3:24 PM, Anchorage Police were called to a disturbance between two men at the 800 block of Karluk. Upon arrival, both men were asked for identification; one man lied about his identity and then ran away from the officer on foot. The subject, later identified as Jedediah Smith, 26, then robbed a citizen of his vehicle, forcing him out of the car.
Smith sped eastbound from Karluk to Debarr, then turned onto Bragaw traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. When he reached Northern Lights, he continued to travel at a high rate of speed in the oncoming lanes (west in the eastbound lanes) causing an 88 year old woman to crash her sedan. Medics were called to the scene where the woman was treated for non-life threatening injuries while Smith continued to flee.
Officers attempted to disable the vehicle at Northern Lights and UAA drive, but failed and discontinued the pursuit at that time. Officers from the UAA Police Department followed at a safe distance and advised nearby officers of Smith’s location. Smith abandoned the vehicle in the area of Lake Otis and Walderon and continued running on foot through the residential neighborhood.
When he reached the 1700 block of Dimond Drive (near Wickersham Park), an alert citizen thought it odd to see a man running through the neighborhood with a purse in his hands. The citizen, 59 year old Stephen Bauers, tackled Smith and held him until police arrived and took him into custody.
Smith had a felony warrant for his arrest ($5000 for failure to appear for Vehicle Theft 1 and Driving Without a Valid License, Theft 2 and Misconduct Involving a Contolled Substance 4.) Additionally, he was charged with Robbery, Vehicle Theft, Resisting Arrest, Eluding, Providing False Information, Reckless Endangerment (x4), Assault, Leaving the Scene of an Injury Accident and Theft 2. He was taken to the Anchorage Jail; the bail amount was unavailable at the time of his release
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