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Criminal round up, release, repeat

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Eight arrests occurred in Anchorage last weekend for people with seven stolen vehicles.

Police said they took the eight into custody on Feb. 24-25 in what was a busy weekend of apprehending car thieves that the court system then processed in subsequent days.

Must Read Alaska tracked where those eight people are now in the justice system and discovered that five are already out of jail:

  • Joseph Sanford, 25, arrested in a stolen car on Mountain View Drive on Feb. 24 after spinning out on ice and then fleeing on foot. He was arrested for car theft and eluding an officer. In jail awaiting pretrial.
  • Cassey Ann Stricklin, 37, arrested on Feb. 24 for car theft. Out of jail on community supervision. Her next court date is March 20.
  • Russell Anderson, 32, arrested for car theft on Feb. 24 at 40th Avenue and Old Seward Highway. Out of jail on community supervision.
  • Rose Soto-Naranjo, 21, passenger with Anderson, arrested on Feb. 24 for car theft and criminal mischief, also possession of a controlled substance. Out of jail on own recognizance.
  • Lawrence Dewayne Ward, 42, arrested for car theft on Feb. 25 on Ingra Street at 8th. Out of jail on community supervision.
  • Joseph McAlees, 36, arrested on Feb. 25 after fleeting a stolen vehicle at Bragaw Street. In custody at Anchorage jail.
  • Shannon Perkins, 31, arrested on vehicle theft on Feb. 25 in Muldoon and Creekside Center Drive. Perkins is accused of stealing a car from a woman who had gotten her vehicle stuck in a snowbank and had stepped out of the car to call her insurance company. Out of jail on community supervision.
  • Denzel Lang, 24, arrested on Feb. 25 with a stolen vehicle on 5th Avenue near Reeve Blvd. She eluded and resisted arrest. In custody at Anchorage jail.

Of the eight arrested, five are out of jail either on their own recognizance or under community supervision.


Shannon Perkins, 31, arrested for stealing the car of the woman who had plowed into a snowbank, was the subject of an earlier car theft arrest in January.

In this latest case, however, Perkins appeared to be pretending to help the woman with her stuck car at about 9:20 in the morning, but then simply stole it.

Police arrested him at 6th Avenue and Norman Street after he abandoned the vehicle. Must Read Alaska wrote about this character in an earlier car theft case:

[Read: The couple that steals together…]

Perkins’ next court date is March 6. Of course, he is innocent until proven guilty.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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