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SWAT, standoff, and a den of thieves

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Seven were taken into custody and five ultimately arrested after the Anchorage Police Department SWAT team was brought in to deal with a group barricaded in an Russian Jack apartment on the 2600 block of Carroll Place on Saturday.

The day-long drama started in the morning, when a call was received by police about a carjacking on Debarr Road. A woman on the 4100 block had been getting into her purple Kia Optima when a man approached her, shoved her aside and stole her car.

Later, while police were investigating, shots were fired and several people were discovered to be holed up in the apartment on Carroll.

Police brought in K9 units and a crisis negotiation team, and the area was cordoned off as a major incident. The family in the apartment above was taken out by armored vehicle for their own safety.

Several suspects were said to be hiding inside the apartment, but the exact number was unclear. By 9:15 pm Saturday, police had seven in custody, and later had five of them under arrest. All are known to the law enforcement community:


Keith Tracey, age 38 faces a charge of Resist Arrest by Hiding/Barricading. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant. His multiple priors are serious, and include charges of rape. Tracey, of Point Lay, had once been arrested in Anchorage after meeting up with a woman he met on the Internet in a hotel room, where the two eventually struggled. She said he choked and forced penetration. He was acquitted after trial.


Eti Sevetasimale, age 31. He was arrested on three outstanding warrants. APD has had him on their most-wanted list. Prior arrests include distributing drugs.


Steavin Martin, age 32. He was arrested on two outstanding warrants. Part of the catch-and-release club, Martin was also given two citations because he failed to appear in court on a previous drunk driving charge from March, when he had been stopped at 11:45 am while driving too fast and recklessly while southbound on Seward Highway. He refused to stop, according to APD, but was taken into custody near milepost 93. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata he was driving was reported stolen.

Isaiah Hank, age 19. He faces charges of Theft 2, Criminal Trespass and Violate Condition of Release for Felony — stealing a car in March, when he had been given a two-year suspended sentence. He was also arrested on an outstanding theft warrant. Hank on Saturday was found with the stolen car and had a syringe in one of his pockets and the car key in the other.

Merandarae Sheakley, age 22. She faces a charge of Resist Arrest by Hiding/Barricading. She was also arrested on an outstanding warrant, which had been issued on May 9 for an earlier charge of assault.



Police are searching for Jake Johnson, age 25, above. He has a no-bail DV felony warrant for Burglary II & Theft III and a misdemeanor warrant for Fail to Appear on a Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance V charge. Call 311 if you spot him.




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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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  • When will the sheep wake up. Your living in falsepretenst. The walking dead. Always crying for man. Of steel to do your battles. Go and spend the summer at brother Frances. Only the summer you wouldn’t survive to snow time into the winter at the shelter. Want to thank the Baptist mission. For all those wonderfull dinners. And a warm bunk through the winter. I’m looking for homeless non drunks non druggies. I’ve a piece of land where you can pitch a tent for a dollar a day this place will be ran by vets there be choirs. Also. As the alpha farm has in dead wood oregon. Here your use a hammer to build a bunkhouse where your be assigned a bunk there is a shuttle bus which you can ride to Wasilla to the doctors or Wal-Mart to buy food and water. And a trash can lol. Will be posting on Craigslist when I get out to the property to cut a driveway into it. Thanks patrick

    • Are you allowing drugs and alcohol?

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