Troopers: Do not pick up hitchhiker along the Richardson Highway
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers are warning motorists on the Richardson Highway not to pick up hitchhikers in the vicinity of miles 134 to 165. That section of the highway is now closed during the incident.
Troopers say the man in the photo, Mark Emery Heinz, may be in the area and is considered armed and dangerous.
According to the police report, shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, a trooper initiated a traffic stop for a vehicle approximately two miles east of the Tok Cutoff Highway after receiving calls of the vehicle nearly causing a collision about an hour earlier. The driver failed to comply with the trooper and attempted to flee. The driver discharged a firearm at the trooper near mile 157 of the Richardson Highway. The suspect continued to flee and eventually stopped his vehicle and abandoned it before fleeing into the woods near mile 149 of the highway.
The trooper was uninjured.
If Heinz is seen, people are being advised to call 911 immediately.
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