Man accused of firing shots into cars, including police car, along Glenn Highway

Charging documents show the suspect repeatedly failed to report for probation
Anchorage police are investigating a shooting near Boniface Parkway and Glenn Highway
Published: Sep. 6, 2022 at 9:22 PM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 7, 2022 at 5:05 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage police are investigating the motive behind a Tuesday night incident involving a man firing a handgun towards traffic near Boniface Parkway and the Glenn Highway, according to an online dispatch.

The Anchorage Police Department arrested two 37-year-old Franklin J. Dias and 20-year-old Evamarie G.I. Booth in the incident.

Kenny J. Totemoff, 25, told detectives that he was walking toward Mountain View with his brother Michael J. Totemoff III, 29, and saw a male and a female. Kenny Totemoff said the male pointed a gun at him.

Police arrested Dias on multiple charges, including:

  • Fifth-degree misconduct involving a weapon (firing a gun by a highway)
  • First-degree attempted murder of a police officer
  • Tampering with physical evidence
  • Five counts of third-degree assault
  • Two counts of first-degree assault
  • Third-degree misconduct involving a weapon
  • Felon in possession
  • Second-degree misconduct involving a weapon (firing a gun at a dwelling)
  • Reckless endangerment

Booth was charged with resisting arrest.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, police responded to shots being fired near the interchange along the Glenn Highway.

“Very quickly after the first arriving officer advised his patrol vehicle had been hit, other officers arrived at the scene and saw an adult male and adult female running on the bike trail near the Glenn Highway and Boniface overpass,” police said.

Police say Dias shot at a police car. The officer was not injured. A passenger in another vehicle driving by at the same time received a gunshot wound to the upper body. Police say the victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

As he was running, police say they saw Dias toss a handgun over the fence separating the highway bike path from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Officers later found a Smith and Wesson M&P 2.0, along with a “large knife” on the paved walkway. Police also found shell casings near the “Boniface Pkway, Mt. View Dr., JBER-Elmendorf next right” traffic sign along with more shell casings east of the Boniface bridge.

“Officers learned the suspect was on the inbound side of the Glenn Highway on the bike path. Officers located the possible suspect with a woman, a chase ensued, and the two were apprehended,” the document says.

Police say Dias and Booth did not obey officers’ orders to stop, but upon seeing the number of officers surrounding them, eventually complied.

Dias told police he had not slept in a few days and had used cocaine five to six hours ago, according to the charging documents.

Dias had prior felony convictions for second-degree robbery and third-degree escape, according to charging documents.

After a bail hearing on July 12, 2021, the court released Dias on a $500 cash performance bond with pretrial electronic monitoring. Dias posted the bond and by July 26 let the monitoring device battery die. The document says a warrant was requested on Oct. 11, 2021, and Dias was apprehended on October 13, 2021.

On July 14, 2022, Dias was released from custody with conditions to report to probations within one business day. Dias did not report, court documents said.

On July 25 as probation was closing for the day, 4:30 p.m., Dias showed up, saying he was homeless and didn’t have a phone, the documents said. Probations gave him a phone and Dias was ordered to report on July 26 to meet his probation officer. Dias again did not show up and a petition was filed to revoke his probation. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Aug. 17.

Kenny Totemoff was jailed on a misdemeanor warrant and Michael Totemoff was also jailed on an outstanding warrant, both unrelated to the shooting.

Anyone with information, including anyone who may have damage to their vehicle or injuries related to this case, is asked to contact police dispatch at 311, option 1, or call (907) 786-8900, option 0.

This case is still under investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.