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Man in custody following SWAT situation in Abbott Loop neighborhood

Published: Jun. 16, 2021 at 4:00 PM AKDT|Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 11:06 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A man is in custody following a SWAT situation Wednesday.

The Anchorage Police Department, in a community alert updated Thursday morning, wrote the 35-year-old man and another person entered an abandoned building on the 6200-block of Petersburg Street Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the pair were driving in a reported stolen vehicle. That vehicle was a green Ford Explorer that had been reported as stolen on June 14, 2021.

Just before 2:30 p.m., APD responded to the building for a suspected burglary. In another update less than an hour later, police informed the public that Petersburg Street would be closed between Dowling Road and 64th Avenue while SWAT and APD’s Crisis Negotiation Team tried to make content with a man suspected of burglary. Police at that time also said the man was armed with a handgun.

Around 3:30 p.m. police said the man who entered the building with the suspect was able to leave without being hurt.

At 5:50 p.m. the man emerged from the building and was taken into custody without incident.

He is being charged with multiple crimes including burglary and resisting arrest.

APD also says the firearm the man had was actually a black BB gun made to look just like a real handgun.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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