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Man arrested for threatening woman with gun, violating DV order

Police alerted to incident after gunshots heard inside Cohen Drive residence

Posted: June 13, 2014 - 12:07am

A 31-year-old man was arrested Thursday for allegedly going to a residence to threaten a woman with a gun in an apparent domestic violence-related incident, police said.

The woman, who was not home at the time, already had a domestic violence protective order out against the man prohibiting him from entering the Cohen Drive residence when he showed up Wednesday night armed and under the influence of alcohol, according to the Juneau Police Department.

The suspect, whom police identified as Nathan Michael Leask, was arrested on suspicion of violating a domestic violence order and criminal mischief and was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Both offenses are misdemeanors.

Police were alerted to the incident at 9 p.m. Wednesday because they received a third-party report of someone who heard two gunshots coming from the home and what sounded like a domestic disturbance.

In a press release issued Thursday, police said the woman was not at home at the time Leask arrived but that Leask got into an altercation with another man at the residence. The man, whose name was not released, reported to police that he disarmed Leask and that Leask fled the area on foot into the woods. The man described Leask as his friend and that he was drunk and “threatening to locate and assault a woman,” according to the release.

Police said they were unable to locate Leask that night, and he was not at the residence, located off Glacier Highway near Tee Harbor, the next morning. Police received a phone call from the woman at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday asking them to check the home again because she was fearful Leask was still looking for her.

Police then located him Thursday at a construction site on Marion Drive and arrested him, the JPD release states.

Court records show the woman petitioned for and was granted a domestic violence protective order against Leask on May 29 in Sitka court. No other information about that case was immediately available.

Leask’s criminal history, according to court records online, is a drunk driving misdemeanor conviction in Juneau in March 2013 and two non-criminal minor offenses for speeding and having tinted windows on his car in Craig in 2010.

JPD Sgt. Chris Gifford told the Empire he could not specify the suspect’s relationship with the alleged victim, for fear of identifying her. Alaska statues broadly define domestic violence as anyone in the same social unit or household, which can include family members, housemates and roommates, as well as spouses and those in romantic relationships, both past and present.

Police could not confirm if gunshots were fired Wednesday night.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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