Trooper Report Week of August 14, 2022 - P.O.W. Report

Monday, August 22, 2022

Trooper Report Week of August 14, 2022

Location: Klawock

Type: DUI/Endangering Welfare of Minor X2

Dispatch Text:

On 8/19/2022 at approximately 1730 hours, Prince of Wales Troopers responded to Klawock for a report of a female driver slumped over the steering wheel. Investigation resulted in the arrest of 33-year-old Kristina Safford of Craig for DUI.  Safford’s two minor children were also in the vehicle which resulted in her also being charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Minor x 2.  Safford’s breath alcohol content was measured later at .281. She was remanded to the Craig Jail until sober.

Location: Craig

Type: Warrant Arrest

Dispatch Text:

On 8/19/2022 at approximately 2015 hours, Prince of Wales Troopers and Craig Police Department arrested 62-year-old Craig resident Vernon Grant on an arrest warrant. Grant was indicted by the Ketchikan Grand Jury for 6 counts of Sexual Abuse of Minor in the 2nd Degree on 8/18/2022. Grant was remanded to the Craig Jail on $20,000 bail.  

Synopsis: On 8/18/2022, Prince of Wales State Troopers were requested by Klawock Police Department in locating 66-year-old Susan Hughes. Hughes was reported “missing” from her residence in Klawock along with her 2021 Honda CRV.  She was last seen on 8/16/2022. On 8/20/2022, at 0702 hours, Troopers located Hughes’s vehicle abandoned at the Harris River Trailhead. Wildlife Troopers, Forest Service LEO, and VPSO’s from Thorne Bay and Kasaan began a coordinated search in the area. At 1110 hours, Hughes was located by the search party. She was wet, disoriented, and suffering from dehydration as she had crossed the Harris River.  The searchers evacuated Hughes by use of an ATV where she was transferred into the care of waiting EMS personnel.  Hughes was transported to the Klawock Clinic by EMS.

Location: Ketchikan

Type: Assault in the 4th Degree DV, Interfere with Report of DV, Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree

Dispatch Text:

On 08/18/22 at about 0112 hours, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Seawatch Drive after AST received numerous 911 disconnects. Investigation revealed that Timothy Jurczak, age 44 of Ketchikan assaulted a family member at the residence. Further Investigation revealed the Jurczak prevented the family member from calling AST and also broke the family members phone. Jurczak was arrested at the scene and remanded to Ketchikan Correctional Center with No Bail. AST would like to thank Ketchikan Police Department for their assistance with the investigation.

Location: Ketchikan

Type: Disorderly Conduct

Dispatch Text:

On 08/20/2022 at about 0010 hours, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence at 11 mile of the North Tongass Highway after AST received reports of a male yelling and throwing things around. AST contacted and arrested Michael Kilpatrick, age 57 of Ketchikan after Kilpatrick challenged to fight AST. Kilpatrick was remanded to Ketchikan Correctional Center.

Location: Ketchikan

Type: Warrant Arrest

Dispatch Text:

On 08/20/22 at about 0100 hours, the Alaska State Troopers arrested and remanded to Ketchikan Correctional Center Gwendolyn Peratrovich, age 35 of Hydaburg on an outstanding warrant for her arrest. The orginal charges stem from Assault in the 3rd Degree, and VCOR. Bail was set at $500.00.


Around the State:

Location: Willow

Type: Kidnapping; Assault

Dispatch Text:

On 08/13/22 at 0107 hours, AST responded to a residence in the Caswell Lakes subdivision in Willow for a welfare check on a female. AST located the female at a dwelling and escorted her to safety. The female then disclosed she had been kidnapped and she endured an extensive level of assault during the previous 2 weeks by Sean Richey, age 38 of Willow. AST located Richey as he attempted to flee in a vehicle and he was arrested for the original charges of Assault in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Degrees, Kidnapping, Unlawful Contact in the 2nd Degree, and Interfering with the Report of a DV Crime. Richey was remanded into custody at the MSPT facility in Palmer and held without bail.

Location: Healy

Type: Overserving/Suicidal Subject/Missing Persons

Dispatch Text:

On 8/14/2022 at 0235 hours, Alaska State Troopers were called and dispatched to the 49th State Brewery in Healy reference a female patron who after partaking in the Octoberfest festivities told her friends she was suicidal and was going to kill herself and then fled into the wooded area behind the bar highly intoxicated. The friends were unable to locate her and called Troopers. A Trooper responded and searched the area and located the female about 1/4 mile behind the bar in the woods passed out, highly intoxicated, and initially unresponsive. The Trooper was able to assist in getting her out of the woods and detained for her safety. While dealing with this incident, the Trooper was notified of another intoxicated person from the same group who had gone missing while searching for the friend who was suicidal. The Trooper then dealt with a couple patrons who were having a hard time staying vertical on their 4 wheeler (Intoxicated) in the parking lot while trying to get it started, the Trooper took their keys to prevent them from driving away drunk, and then searched and located the other missing friend who was found passed out in a vehicle in the parking lot. After securing transportation for them to a local place they could sleep and sober up, AST transported the original suicidal female to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for treatment and evaluation.

Location: Big Lake

Type: Vehicle Theft 1/ Criminal Mischief V

Dispatch Text:

On 8/16/2022, at approximately 0333 hours, AST received a report of a female juvenile stealing another family member’s vehicle in the area of Muskrat Drive in Big Lake. While AST was on scene conducting an investigation, the juvenile returned home with the vehicle. Investigation revealed that the juvenile had no right or permission to use the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the juvenile put diesel fuel inside the vehicle that only consumes gasoline. The juvenile was subsequently arrested for the crime of Vehicle Theft I and Criminal Mischief V. The juvenile was transported to the Matsu Youth Facility where she was remanded and held on no bail.

Location: Soldotna

Type: Missing Juvenile

Dispatch Text:

Update 8/18 11:50 am: On August 17, 2022, the Alaska State Troopers Fairbanks Criminal Suppression Unit was tasked with assisting Alaska Department of Corrections Probation Officers with locating 51-year-old Fairbanks resident Steven Narron for an active felony probation violation warrant for his arrest. Troopers learned Narron was also a non-compliant sex offender. As Troopers began their investigation, they connected him to a missing juvenile report the Fairbanks Police Department had active for 15-year-old Alexis Bane. Fairbanks Police reported Alexis was last seen in the Fairbanks area on August 14, 2022.  Troopers from across the state began work to corroborate their suspicion that Narron was with Alexis.

Additional investigative steps determined that Narron was in the Anchorage area and that Alexis was with him. In the late afternoon on August 17, the Anchorage Police Department located Narron’s vehicle in the Anchorage area, abandoned at a local park. Troopers now believed Alexis was in imminent threat of serious injury or death and activated the Alaska Amber Alert System at 5:24 pm on August 17, 2022.

Additional local, state, and federal law enforcement officers from across the state began searching for Alexis, and countless tips from observant Alaskans were reported to their local law enforcement and the Alaska State Troopers, which greatly contributed to the search.

On August 18, 2022, at around 4:30 am, an Alaskan called in a REDDI report on a dangerous driver on Kalifornsky Beach Road in the Soldotna area; the REDDI report was not believed to be connected to the Amber Alert. When Soldotna Troopers attempted to stop the White Ford SUV, the driver refused to pull over, and a pursuit was initiated. After approximately 3.5 miles, troopers eventually stopped the vehicle using spike strips in the Kasilof area of the Sterling Highway. Troopers immediately recognized the driver from the Amber Alert, and they also located Alexis safe inside the vehicle. Narron was arrested on his active felony probation violation warrant, Eluding, Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the First Degree, and DUI. Trooper investigators are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident, and additional charges will likely be filed. Narron has been remanded to Wildwood Correctional Center.

UPDATE 8/18 8:00 am: The Amber Alert for Alexis Bane has been cancelled. She was located safe this morning, and the suspect is in Alaska State Trooper custody. The Alaska State Troopers would like to thank all of the Alaskans that called in tips and information.

The Alaska State Troopers have activated the AMBER ALERT system. Troopers are currently seeking 15-year-old Alexis Bane. Alexis is believed to be in the Anchorage area. Alexis is believed to be with 51-year-old STEVEN NARRON. NARRON has an active warrant for his arrest for a probation violation. NARRON may be armed and dangerous, do not approach if you see him. If you see NARRON or Alexis Bane call 911 immediately. You can also call the toll free Amber Alert hotline at 1-866-AKAMBER

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