Police Blotter: March 5, 2013

This report is based on the information published by the University Police Department. Individuals arrested and/or charged with crimes in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Fernanda Chamorro/Sun Star Reporter
March 5, 2013

Spicy stand up

An officer on foot patrol during the first day of the Festival of Native Arts celebration, found a 15-year-old boy standing asleep on the handicap ramp of the Fine Arts building. The officer searched the boy and found a hatchet in his coat and a pipe the boy used to smoke spice. The officer took the boy to the UAFPD station to contact his older sister. The sister could not pick him up, so he was picked up by his cousin. The boy will be charged in a juvenile court for unlawful possession of a weapon and illegal drug use.

Don’t back it up

A 50-year-old male UAF employee went to the campus police station to report a road rage incident. A 21-year-old female driver followed the man on his way to campus and yelled at him. The man was driving to work when he noticed the woman driving recklessly in front of him, so he passed her. The woman honked her horn when he stopped at an intersection and got out of her car to argue with him. The man admitted that as the woman honked her car he backed his vehicle toward hers. The man then drove off and the woman continued to follow him to the West Eielson Parking Lot, where they had a verbal confrontation. After the argument, the woman got in her car and left. A campus police officer contacted the woman and she provided her version of the events. The woman said she was in fear for her child’s safety when he backed up. Both parties took responsibility and apologized for their actions. No one pressed charges.

Domestic Violence Assault

An 11 and 12-year-old, reported an older cousin to police for threatening to kill them near the Wood Center. The cousin asked one of the kids “do you hate life?” and then placed the boy in a choke hold, and said he was going to kill him. The children ran up to a Volunteer in Policing, a special police volunteer who works during the Festival of Native Arts, at the Fine Arts Building where the FNA was being held, and reported the incident. They provided a description of the older cousin and the officers found him.

An officer detained the 23-year-old Fairbanks man who denied having any knowledge of the incident. Police questioned the victims and the suspect. The man admitted to being highly intoxicated and assaulting the juveniles. The kid placed in a choke hold told police that while being choked, he felt drowsy and kept repeating that he did not want to die. His cousin then let him go. As they were running away the older cousin chased after them. The mother filed for the man’s arrest when she picked the boys up from the police station. The older cousin was transported to the Fairbanks Correctional Center. The man was charged with assault in the third degree and domestic violence in fourth degree. He was also trespassed from UAF property for one year.

Run for your pipe

An officer saw four suspicious individuals on the Rasmuson Library balcony, a place police know for attracting marijuana and alcohol consumers. The suspects saw the officer and began to walk away, leaving a trace of marijuana odor. The officer ordered them to stop and they started running so he chased them. He caught up to the first one and ordered him to wait there while he searched for the others. The officer found three of the four non-affiliated individuals. They did not admit who the fourth person was. Another officer came for backup and the suspects were patted down. The officers found a used black glass pipe. All of the individuals admitted to smoking the marijuana. The 26-year-old who was carrying the pipe was arrested and transported to the FCC for possession of a used pipe. He was trespassed from all UAF property for one week. The other two individuals were 39 and 51-years-old. They were not apprehended because they were not in possession of drugs.

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