Cops & Courts Weekly Round-up

For the week of Sept. 20, 2013

Safeway shoplifter pursued, arrested on outstanding warrant


A shoplifter at Safeway, who had a warrant out for his arrest, was apprehended Friday after being chased by an employee, a federal agent and Juneau police officers.

The pursuit began at about 5 p.m. Friday when a Safeway employee called police to report that another employee was chasing the suspect across the parking lot in the direction of the Mendenhall River.

Another person picked the suspect up in a vehicle, but as they began to leave an off-duty federal law enforcement agent in the area detained them, according to a press release from the Juneau Police Department. The release states that the suspect complied with the federal agent for a brief period of time, then took off running in the area.

Responding JPD officers joined the pursuit and were able to locate the man and take him into custody, they said in the release.

The man was identified as 22-year-old Juneau resident Tony Darryl Tompkins. He was arrested for larceny and jailed at Lemon Creek Correctional Center without bail.

Police said Tompkins had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear in court on the original charge of larceny.

The release states alcohol was a factor in the incident.

Police investigate suspicious note at middle school

Police say a school resource officer is investigating a suspicious note found at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School.

Juneau Police Department spokesman Lt. David Campbell said a message scrawled on a hallway pass was brought to the attention of the authorities at about noon on Thursday. He said he did not know the specifics of the case.

Juneau School District Communications Manager Kristin Bartlett said she was not notified about the incident, but as far as she knew, it did not prompt a lockdown or any other serious response from the school.

Pepper-spray incident near airport results in arrest

A domestic dispute that took place outdoors near the Juneau airport earlier this week resulted in an arrest.

Police say they arrested a 22-year-old William Bruce Stauffer Jr. for domestic violence assault on suspicion of pepper spraying his ex-girlfriend in the face. He was additionally charged with unlawful contact for contacting the woman in spite of a court order that prohibited him from doing so. Both those offenses are misdemeanors.

The Juneau Police Department responded to the woman’s 911 call at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and found her screaming in pain in a wooded area off Yandukin Drive, according to the police citation. She reported to police that Stauffer became upset with her, and she became afraid for her safety so she sprayed him with pepper spray. According to JPD spokesman Lt. David Campbell, Stauffer told police that he took her can of pepper spray and sprayed her back.

The man reported to police that he asked the woman to meet up with her because she owed him money and that she agreed, Campbell said.

Stauffer is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on $2,500 bail, according to Juneau District Court documents. His attorney Kirstin Swanson did not return phone calls seeking comment.


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