UPDATE: APD asks for help to find suspect in Fairview disturbance

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Published: Feb. 10, 2020 at 12:57 PM AKST
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Anchorage police are now searching for a 38-year-old male who was allegedly involved in a "disturbance with a weapon" which drew a large police presence to the 400 block of East 13th Avenue in Fairview.

According to a late evening update from APD, the incident began when 38-year-old Jack L. Espinoza Jr. allegedly broke a window and entered an apartment where his girlfriend had been staying after the tenant of that home refused to let him in. Police allege that Espinoza threatened the tenant with a handgun.

When police arrived in force to the area, "it was unclear whether or not Espinoza was still inside the residence" according to APD's update.

After a perimeter was established and the apartment complex evacuated, APD says they received information that Espinoza left the scene before police ever arrived.

Officers entered the building and confirmed that no one was inside.

Now, police are asking for help from the public to find Espinoza and efforts to locate him were unsuccessful.

He's described as 5'10" tall, 145 pounds, brown eyes, and a bald, tattooed head.

Anyone with information is asked to call APD Dispatch at 311 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.

Original story:

Anchorage police are investigating a disturbance with a weapon in the 400 block of East 13th Avenue between Denali and Fairbanks streets in Fairview. Police have since cleared the scene, saying the suspect left the area before police arrived. Police say no one has been arrested.

APD provided only vague details about the nature of the incident, saying there are no reports of injuries and "police are in the process of contacting those who are involved."

The incident began just after 11 a.m. when police were told of the disturbance. The scene was cleared before 1:30 p.m.

A large police presence was in the area, and drivers were advised to avoid the area.

Police thanked residents for their cooperation, including those who were evacuated.

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