3 people arrested for ramming a stolen car into police vehicles

Published: Oct. 26, 2017 at 1:24 PM AKDT
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The Anchorage Police Department has arrested three people for driving a stolen vehicle and ramming it into police cars. The suspect vehicle has eluded officers for several weeks, says the department.

APD's newly formed Investigative Support Unit (ISU), Community Action Policing Unit (CAP) and vice units assisted with the arrest.

Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, both officers and the new units saw the stolen silver 2003 Cadillac Escalade along the 1300-block of West 44th Avenue, according to APD spokesperson MJ Thim.

Thim describes the suspect vehicle as "driving recklessly through the Midtown area, causing a public safety threat." And officers caught up with the vehicle around the 900-block of East 20th Avenue.

At this point, Thim reports, "The driver takes off again and drives around the building. Officers attempt to block the stolen vehicle and the driver rams the police vehicles."

Other officers joined the pursuit and forced the suspect vehicle off the road. Thim says officers commanded the driver and the two passengers to exit the vehicle, taking all three into custody.

Thim identifies the driver as 28-year-old Shane Muse. He adds that 24-year-old Crystal Tui and 32-year-old Saliloimanatu Toilolo were the two passengers.

According to the Nixle alert, the suspects face multiple charges, including vehicle theft in the first- and second-degree.

APD launched

in September, which is aimed at curtailing rising crime numbers.

The ISU also assisted APD in the Oct. 20 arrest of a man who was allegedly caught exposing himself inside