Police Blotter: April 13 – 20, 2015

This report is based on the information published by the University Police Department. Individuals arrested and/or charged with crimes in this report are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

By Heather Penn

Sun Star Reporter



April 13, 2:11 a.m.
Police pulled over Todd L. Austin, 24, of Fairbanks, for failure to dim his high beams and repeatedly crossing the double yellow line. Austin said he drank two beers. He subsequently failed three field sobriety tests. He was arrested and charged with a Driving Under the Influence. He was taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center.

A report from the UAF Police Department is published in The Sun Star regularly.

A report from the UAF Police Department is published in The Sun Star regularly.

Suspicious Circumstances

April 13, 8:34 a.m.
A vehicle left abandoned for a week at the Sheep Creek Road pull off suffered a smashed window. Officers saw a large metal disk inside the vehicle which is assumed to be the object that broke the window. The car was towed the next day to the impound yard as the owner could not be located.

April 15, 3:15 p.m.

Six or seven lights along Tanana Loop were believed to be shot out by an pump BB gun or similar weapon. A man who walks the path frequently observed the blown lights about four to six weeks ago but didn’t report it as he thought the grounds crew would notice the damage. There is now a work order to fix the lights. Officers are investigating

April 17, 9:51 a.m.

A woman in McIntosh Hall reported that someone tried to access her dorm room at 4 a.m. She heard the code being entered and watched a hand slide in an attempt to remove the chain. She verbally confronted the unknown individual and he left. There was another attempted break in on another female dorm room the same night. A description of two male suspects was found through video review. The UAF lock shop was called to change the lock combinations and UAF facilities will change subsequent codes in
the surrounding area. Officers are investigating.


April 13, 11:55 a.m.
A facilities worker doing construction on the new engineering building reported that some of his drywall tools were stolen from his tool bag. Officers are investigating.

April 14, 3:04 a.m.

A Jeep left unattended in the Taku parking lot for approximately a month had its tires and rack with a spare tire stolen. Police noticed the Jeep previously but were unable to contact the owner. The cost of the stolen property is $1,245. The case is ongoing.

April 16, 11:35 a.m.

A red Specialized bicycle was reported stolen from the bike rack in front of MBS. The victim claimed the bike was locked when it was stolen. Video of the area is under investigation.

April 16, 2:36 p.m.

A stolen Polar Express card was used in more than 70 transactions totaling $310. The victim lost the card Tuesday evening then noticed his account rapidly draining. He went to the bursar the next day to report it stolen and get a replacement. Alexander B. Duncan, a UAF student and Nanook basketball player, admitted to taking and using the card. He gave the card back, was arrested and was charged with theft in the second and third degree. Second degree theft is a felony for stealing an access device such as a credit card. The third degree is a misdemeanor for fraudulent use of an access device. Duncan was taken to FCC.

April 17, 12:26 p.m.

The theft of two computers from the Murie building was reported to have happened sometime during the semester. One of the computers was located within the building and is believed to have been misplaced. The other is still missing. Officers responded, collected evidence and took pictures. The investigation continues.


April 13, 9:39 p.m.
David G. Simon, 43, of Hooper Bay, was arrested for slapping a woman at Hess Village. When police arrived the woman was hysterical and afraid. She said Simon slapped her, knocking her to the ground. A witness of the incident intervened as Simon advanced on the woman once more. Simon gave inconsistent statements about possibly, accidentally or mistakenly pushing her. Simon was arrested and and charged with Assault IV Domestic Violence and banned from UAF.

MVA Hit and Run

April 14, 7:23 p.m.
Damage to a cars passenger side mirror in the Signers’ Hall parking lot is believed to be the outcome of a hit-and-run. The complainant claims it happened sometime between 5-7 p.m., though it could have possibly happened off campus. The case is ongoing.

Criminal Trespass

April 15, 3:43 a.m.
A former student who said she was homeless was removed from the Rasmuson Library for sleeping there after hours. She has been removed for the same infraction numerous times. Sleeping in buildings overnight can be particularly dangerous. If a fire or emergency were to happen no one would know of the sleeping person’s presence and be unable to assist them. She was banned from UAF campus from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Agency Assist

April 17, 11:23 p.m.
Alaska State Troopers asked for assistance from UAF police when a 911 call, from Gold Rush Estates off of College Road, signified an individual in distress. One person was detained. No further information is available.

Traffic Stop

April 20, 1:29 p.m.
Police pulled over a man on probation for failing to dim his headlights. Due to his probation status, officers contacted his parole officer who requested that officers search the vehicle. A suspected meth pipe was found in a backpack. Police confiscated the pipe and backpack and sent it to the crime lab for analysis. Pending the results charges may be filed. The man was released.

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