Police believe report of kidnapping "most likely" fabricated

Juneau police still investigating Coho Apartments shooting



Juneau police are now saying that the original report of a 22-year-old woman being kidnapped by a 24-year-old was "most likely" fabricated.

Lt. David Campbell, a spokesman for the department, made that announcement in a statement at about 2:45 p.m. Friday. More information was not immediately available.

Campbell also noted that police found the white flatbed truck they were searching for. He said a shooting suspect reportedly used that truck to leave the scene of the shooting, then switched to a Sedan, which police located him in at about 8:12 a.m. Friday morning. Both the truck and Sedan are now in evidence, police said.

Police say the investigation is ongoing.


In a phone interview Friday afternoon, Juneau Police Department spokesman Lt. David Campbell said police are still searching for the white flatbed full-size truck with dually rear wheels and an attached snow plow. Based on initial interviews with witnesses at Coho Apartments, police were informed it was connected in some way to the shooting. Police at this time are not saying exactly how it is connected. Police are asking that if a member of the public locates the truck to call JPD and to not contact the vehicle.

The 24-year-old suspect who was found at about 8:12 a.m. this morning was located inside "a different vehicle altogether," Campbell said. He said it was a Sedan. Police were looking for the Sedan based on the kidnapping victim's report, which came in seven hours after the report of the shooting at midnight. Campbell said the woman identified the suspect, and police were familiar with him from prior police contacts as well as his vehicle. The Sedan has been seized into evidence, Campbell said.

"We're dealing with potentially multiple cars and multiple people," Campbell said. "Initially at Coho, we talked to people involved and neighbors — potential witnesses — and based on that information, we began looking for this plow truck, and later in the morning we got a call from a lady who said she was with a man who had been holding her at gunpoint and he was involved with the shooting at Coho. We talked to her and she provided us with name and description. Based on previous contacts, we knew who he was."

Campbell added that to his knowledge, the 22-year-old kidnapping victim was not physically harmed.

He also confirmed police shut down Egan Drive outbound from Vanderbilt Hill Road to Walmart from 11 a.m. to about 11:50 a.m. to search for potential evidence in connection to the case. Campbell said he could not say at this point in time what that evidence was.

Police said both the 24-year-old man and the 26-year-old woman who was found with him are still being detained. Campbell said he is unaware of what the woman's role in the case might be.

The investigation is ongoing, he said.

"Now what we're doing is we're trying to put together the puzzle as far as what happened," he said. "We're following up on leads and applying for search warrants."


Original story:

Suspect detained in reported shooting, kidnapping

Police say a 24-year-old man is being detained as a suspect in connection to a reported shooting and kidnapping in the Mendenhall Valley.

Juneau police said they began receiving 911 calls shortly after midnight Friday about a shooting at the Coho Apartments on Amalga Street. They found a 44-year-old man with two gunshot wounds and took him to the hospital, said Juneau Police Department spokesman Lt. David Campbell.

Officers searched the apartment and interviewed several witnesses who reported hearing an argument followed by several gunshots. Officers located a small caliber pistol and several spent shell casings.

The alleged gunman was not on scene when police arrived, but the police got a description of a suspect vehicle — an older flat-bed full sized white truck with dually rear wheels and a snow plow attached.

About seven hours later at 7:40 a.m., police then received a report from a woman who said she had been held captive by the alleged gunman. The 22-year-old said she escaped when he fell asleep. She reported he was still asleep in a vehicle on Gastineau Avenue, but when police got on scene, the vehicle was gone.

Police found the suspect when an officer saw the vehicle turn onto Riverside Drive from Egan Drive at about 8:12 a.m, Campbell said. Police stopped the vehicle and made contact with the 24-year-old man, whose name was not released, as well as a 26-year-old woman, whose name was also not released. Both are from Juneau, police said.

Both the man and woman are being detained at the JPD station as the investigation continues, Campbell said. Police only described the 24-year-old man as a suspect and not the woman.

Police did not provide an update on the wounded man’s status. They said he was shot twice: once in the shoulder and once in the wrist.


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