Friday, July 20, 2012

Seward Highway Reopens as Police Seek Armed Kidnapper

By Chris Klint, Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Seward Highway has reopened after a Friday closure near Mile 70, as Anchorage police and Alaska State Troopers look for an armed kidnapper.

APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker says the incident began earlier Friday near 88th Avenue and Lake Otis Parkway, where an 18-year-old man saw a male suspect -- described by troopers as a white man in his forties, about 6 feet tall with a shaved head and a black-and-red tattoo on his left shoulder -- snooping around the back yard of his grandmother's home. The home was taped off as a crime scene by APD Friday afternoon, as police searched for more clues about the suspect.

The man reportedly confronted the suspect, at which point the suspect forced the man into his red 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck and made him drive south along the Seward at gunpoint. Parker says the suspect needed to relieve himself at the Turnagain Pass rest area and took the pickup’s key, but the victim had a spare key and drove off.

According to police, the victim sent a text message to family members, who then alerted APD and AST about the incident. As of Friday afternoon, the victim was headed back to Anchorage, but was stuck in traffic from the Seward's closure.

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