The identity of a man wanted in connection to a recent armed robbery and assault remains unknown despite attempts from police to draw attention to the case.
The Juneau Police Department highlighted the New Year’s Day incident, wherein a man was Tased and beaten in the Costco parking lot during a drug-related argument, via the Juneau Crime Line last week.
Lt. Kris Sell said no tips have come in from the public yet, but police are optimistic the public can assist.
“It’s too hard of a secret to keep,” Sell said in an interview. “I’m sure that whoever did it has told somebody.”
Police arrested one man in connection to the case, 29-year-old Dustin Daley. Police say he is not cooperating in giving up his accomplice’s name.
Sell said the two victims, a 20-year-old man and his 21-year-old female companion, recognized Daley but could not identify his accomplice since he was wearing a ski mask over his face. Police recently released a picture of the ski mask, which is black and has an image of a white skull on it. Other descriptors of the man include being smaller than 6 feet tall and around 145 pounds, Sell said.
Daley is facing a felony, first-degree robbery, and three misdemeanors for two counts of fourth-degree assault and third-degree theft in connection to the crime. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in Juneau District Court on Jan. 2, court records online show
According to charging documents in his case, the incident began when Daley called 20-year-old Jason Lawrence and asked to meet up in an attempt to steal drugs from Lawrence.
Once in the parking lot, an affidavit states Daley reached into Lawrence’s vehicle, pulled the keys from the ignition and held a Taser to his neck. He threatened to Tase Lawrence if he did not surrender all his drugs, the affidavit says. When Lawrence refused, he was Tased and pulled from his vehicle and beaten by both Daley and the accomplice, the affidavit says.
Meanwhile, Lawrence’s companion, identified in court documents as Kelsey Brink, called 911, saying the accomplice was pointing a handgun into their vehicle. At one point while she was on the phone with the dispatcher, Brink said Daley attempted to grab and Tase her. She tried to defend Lawrence, as he was being beaten on the ground, by hitting Daley in the head with a glass Starbucks Frappuccino bottle, the affidavit says.
Daley and the accomplice fled the scene in a pickup while still in possession of Lawrence’s car keys and also a marijuana pipe they took from Lawrence’s car. Daley was located with the pickup shortly thereafter, but the accomplice was not. Police say they found drugs (a substance that appeared to be heroin) in a Crown Royal bag back inside the truck, which was seized as evidence.
Daley later denied robbing and assaulting Lawrence during an interview with police, the affidavit states. He told police he had previously obtained drugs from Lawrence, and claimed he purchased a gram of heroin and speed from Lawrence in the Costco parking lot for $200.
When asked if Lawrence could be charged with a drug crime, Lt. Sell said that’s not their primary focus at the moment.
“The focus is on finding who the two guys who did the robbery are,” she said.
Sell noted that Lawrence did not have drugs on him when police arrived at the scene, and also that he claimed none of the drugs belonged to him.
Both Lawrence and Brink were treated for their injuries at Bartlett Regional Hospital.
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