A man, possibly high on synthetic marijuana and paranoid FBI agents were after him, was charged with assaulting a police officer after he apparently tried to the get the officer’s attention by nearly ramming his van into a patrol car, according to court papers.
Mark P. Harmon, 27, was also charged with vehicle theft when he admitted to police during his arrest that the van he was driving on North Douglas Highway wasn’t his, according to charging documents. A grand jury on Friday indicted Harmon on the two felony charges, each of which can be punishable by up to five years in prison.
According to an affidavit, the case began at about 1 p.m. on March 22 when police received a 911 call from an unidentified man in the 5700 block of Douglas Highway, yelling, “Just come now!”
“The subject refused to give his name and stated, ‘FBI search and I think they’re going to kill me,” the affidavit filed by Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams read. “The line was then disconnected.”
About six minutes later, Juneau Police Department Officer Blain Hatch was driving near the 7700 block of North Douglas Highway with someone in the backseat when a Chevrolet van driving in the opposite direction drifted across the center line, almost striking a vehicle driving in front of Hatch’s car.
“The van swerved slightly to the right with its driver’s side tires on the center line then swerved back into Officer Hatch’s lane, nearly causing a head-on collision with his patrol vehicle,” Williams wrote. “Officer Hatch took evasive action to avoid a collision, pulling to the right of his lane and applying his brakes.”
The person in the backseat of Hatch’s patrol car told Hatch he recognized the driver of the van as Harmon. Hatch followed Harmon’s van and contacted him in a driveway of a house in the 7700 block of North Douglas Highway.
“Harmon was very excited and stated that the FBI was at his house, surrounding him, and had snipers on boats,” Williams wrote. “Harmon stated that he took the van from a construction worker that was at the house in order to get away. ... Harmon also reported that he had pulled in front of Officer Hatch on the highway in order to get Officer Hatch’s attention.”
Hatch searched Harmon and found “spice,” or synthetic marijuana, in his front pocket. The brand of the spice was “Katarac Kush,” the affidavit states.
Responding officers ensured the residents in the North Douglas home were safe, and confirmed with the van owner that Harmon did not have permission to drive the van.
Williams wrote in the affidavit that Harmon has one prior misdemeanor conviction in Anchorage for violating a domestic violence protective order.
Court records show Harmon is currently in custody in lieu of a $5,000 cash performance bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Louis Menendez on April 8.
Darren Robert Chandler Baines
A grand jury on Friday also indicted a 22-year-old Ketchikan man accused of crashing a stolen pickup truck in Juneau last week.
Darren Robert Chandler Baines was indicted on one count of first-degree vehicle, first-degree failure to stop for a police officer, third-degree assault and second-degree escape, according to the indictment. Those are all felony charges.
According to an affidavit, Baines ran out of a halfway house in Juneau on March 14 after an employee caught him with a package containing a prohibited cell phone, cell phone charger and a letter. As the employee inspected the package, Baines grabbed the cell phone and charger and bolted out the back door, the affidavit alleges.
The affidavit states Baines was at the halfway house on furlough in two prior felony cases for vehicle theft convictions. A warrant was issued for his arrest after he escaped.
Two weeks later, on March 25, police responded to reports of an erratic driver near Fred Meyer who ran a car off the road. Officers pursued the vehicle, but stopped the pursuit when it reached about 70 miles per hour on Anka Street, the affidavit states. A short time later, an officer discovered the pickup truck had crashed near the intersection of Glacier Highway and Alaway Avenue in the Lemon Creek area.
The truck, which police say had been stolen from a Mendenhall Valley residence sometime in the past 12 hours, was totalled. There was a 17-year-old female passenger in the truck who sustained minor injuries in the crash, which led to the assault charge, police said at the time.
Court records show Baines is in custody and is scheduled to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court next week on April 8.
Jordan Irving Parker Oldham
A 21-year-old Juneau man accused of beating up and robbing a cab driver last month was also indicted for robbery. Jordan Irving Parker Oldham was indicted on one count of second-degree robbery, a felony that can be punishable by up to 10 years, for the March 22 incident.
According to an affidavit, Parker hit the Taku taxi cab driver several times in the face and demanded all his money as he and a female companion were getting a ride near the 6500 block of Glacier Highway. The woman tried to pull Parker off the driver, and the driver signalled for help via his radio, the affidavit states. Police arrested him on scene.
Parker is currently being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $10,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on April 8.
Kristian B. Hansen and Grady A. Fisher
In another case, two people were indicted for burglarizing a home, admittedly in search for items to sell for drug money, according to an affidavit.
Codefendants Kristian B. Hansen, 20, and Grady A. Fisher, 20, are each facing one count of first-degree burglary for the Sept. 23, 2012, incident. Fisher is additionally facing a second-degree theft charge for stealing a firearm from the house, according to the indictment.
First-degree burglary is a class ‘B’ felony that can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and second-degree theft is a class ‘C’ felony that can be punishable by up to five years.
According to an affidavit, the couple who were burglarized reported to police they suspected it was Hansen and Fisher and that Fisher had admitted the crime. The victims reported Hansen and Fisher had made off with jewelry, a .22 pistol and coins while they were out of town, the affidavit alleges.
Fisher confirmed that in a later interview with police, confessing he needed drug money, the affidavit states. Fisher said he received $480 for the jewelry, according to the affidavit.
The victims in the case told police that they knew Fisher and were on his side and would even speak on his behalf, but felt it was appropriate to press charges, the affidavit states.
Hansen and Fisher are being held in custody and are scheduled to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on April 8.
A grand jury also indicted Dakota Gallant, 22, on two counts of third-degree drug misconduct for allegedly dealing methamphetamine on April 4 and 17 of 2012, and codefendant Jenifer B. Johnston, 22, on one count of aiding and abetting the crime on April 17. Third-degree drug misconduct and aiding and abetting are class ‘B’ felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Warrants have been issued for their arrests.
Also indicted was Dallas B. Ross, 31, on one count of third-degree drug misconduct for allegedly dealing cocaine on April 19, 2012, and Edwin H. Laity, 42, for felony driving while under the influence on March 24, 2013.
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Editor’s Note: Indictments are not indicative of guilt, but rather formal accusations of illegal activity. The Juneau District Attorney’s Office presents cases to the grand jury every Friday.