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Video of daycare invasion suspect: “Help me, help me”

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A daycare center in Spenard with more than 100 children inside went into lock-down on Thursday after a man, who appeared to be drug-addled and acting erratically, entered the building.

Police were called but didn’t arrive for an hour and a half, so parents and staff stood guard, locking doors and windows.

In the Ring security camera footage posted by KTVA, the behavior that alarmed neighbors and the day-care center staff is apparent:

Neighbor Jessica Graham, who described the situation live on Facebook, called 911, but said the dispatcher told her no one was available to help.

“I have great appreciation for our police officers, but what good are they when there are none available when needed? This is COMPLETELY unacceptable. Something needs to be done about this because it could have ended a lot worse,” she wrote on Facebook on Thursday afternoon.

The scene unfolded at Faith Christian Community by Lake Hood, where the man climbed a roof, jumped onto the roof of a nearby greenhouse, falling through that roof, and eventually climbed a tree before falling 50 feet.

When police and medics arrived, Richard Bender was taken to the hospital for treatment. He has since been charged with criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor.

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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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  • I would sure like to hear from someone from the muni or police dept. What gives? 911 dispatch says they triage calls to determine what’s important. There are two stories out there: an hour and a half to get there and another story of about 6 minutes. Which is it? Where are all the cops at this time of day? Yes, they are stretched thin, but my goodness.

    These are little kids. If this went sideways – if this guy had a weapon – lets not forget the horrific incident at Mountain View Elementary with Jason Pritchard: Someone clearly not in their right mind could do anything. Those innocent children. Horrific.

  • As long as drugs keep coming in to alaska with no punishment this stuff will happen.

  • Suzanne Downing is my “first read” every morning before other medias !

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