Police Blotter: January 21 – 26, 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


Criminal Trespass

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.

Jan. 21, 10:41 am 

A female student became belligerent with a professor in the Chapman Building after she was denied access to a class. The student did not meet the pre-requisite for the class and was denied instructor approval. The professor left the student in his office to seek help whereupon she closed the door and shut off the lights. Officers responded and told the student they could escort her to the Dean of Students to discuss the matter or be arrested. She chose to speak with the Dean and together they found a substitute class that will allow her to graduate on time. At the professor’s request she has been trespassed from his office and the class she was ineligible for.


Jan.22 11:37 p.m.

A man went into the police station saying his amp and speakers were stolen from his car earlier that day in the Taku parking lot. Police investigated the incident noting there were no other break-ins to other vehicles at the lot and no suspicious vehicles were seen before or after the time stated. The man called the station the next day saying the items may have been stolen the day prior on Jan. 21. Upon further questioning, the man said he hadn’t actually heard his bass kick in for the last couple days. He thought perhaps he hadn’t heard the bass because his own wiring of the speakers had come undone. Officers continued the investigation and learned that on the night of Jan. 20 a car had been broken into near the victim’s residence on Chena Ridge. That night was the last time the victim reported hearing his bass. It is uncertain whether it’s related. The investigation is ongoing.


Jan. 22, 2:36 p.m.

Two students filed a complaint about a stolen camcorder and accessories from MBS. The theft occurred on Dec. 17, 2014. After further questioning it was discovered that one student signed out the equipment for a friend who needed it for his final. That friend then passed it on to another friend to return it so the second friend could attend his final. The third friend took the equipment to MBS computer lab and forgot it. On Dec. 18, 2014 the three men realized the error and went to the lab only to discover the equipment was missing. They hoped a noble citizen would turn in the equipment then left for Christmas break. Unfortunately a noble citizen never appeared and now the student who signed for the equipment is left with a $475 bill.


Jan. 22, 4:25 p.m.

A woman reported of a hit-and-run which left her car damaged in the Signer’s Hall parking lot. A note was left for the woman but she was unable to read it. The pen used to write the note may have been frozen or running out of ink. Officers were able to extract enough information from the note to enter it in the ADHOC System. The system generates a list based on whatever description is given, in this case a Red 4-Runner with a partial vehicle identification number. After the list was generated a search of UAF affiliated vehicles uncovered a potential match. The driver was notified and put in contact with the victim whereupon paperwork was filed and proper change of information commenced.

Agency Assist

Jan. 26, 11:39 a.m.

Officers were called to assist EMS with a man having a seizure in the Wood Center. This is standard procedure for officers who act as a backup for EMS in case the victim becomes violent due to the seizure or if the seizure is drug or alcohol related. This was not the case in this incident as the seizure was due to a medical condition. The man was accompanied by a relative and transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Traffic Stop

Jan. 26, 1:09 a.m.

Christopher D. Lopez, 25, of Fairbanks, was pulled over on Thompson Drive for speeding and an inoperative brake light. Lopez was driving with a revoked license and violating conditions of his probation. He is on probation for assault and his conditions state he is not to consume alcohol. Although Lopez was not considered DUI, he did admit to drinking some alcohol. Two small children who were in the car were released to relatives. Lopez was taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center and charged with DWLR (driving with license revoked) and violating conditions of probation.

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