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Juneau police search for assault suspect on trail

Man ditches motorcycle on Treadwell trail, evades police

Posted: August 8, 2014 - 9:07am  |  Updated: August 10, 2014 - 12:12am
A man walks past a sign at the entrance of the Treadwell Mine Historical Trail in Douglas on Thursday afternoon. Members of the Juneau Police Department and Alaska State Troopers scoured the trail on Thursday looking for a man suspected of assault.  Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
Emily Russo Miller / Juneau Empire
A man walks past a sign at the entrance of the Treadwell Mine Historical Trail in Douglas on Thursday afternoon. Members of the Juneau Police Department and Alaska State Troopers scoured the trail on Thursday looking for a man suspected of assault.

Police chased after a male suspect in an assault case on the Treadwell Mine Historical Trail in Douglas Thursday afternoon, but the man was on a motorcycle and evaded authorities.

An Alaska State Trooper passed the motorcyclist driving on a road, recognized him as a suspect in a Juneau Police Department case and pursued him down to the trail, police said.

Two Juneau Police Department officers and a City and Borough of Juneau Park Ranger who happened to be in the area joined in on the search, but all they came up with was the man’s motorcycle.

“We ended up finding the motorcycle and the motorcycle was impounded, but we haven’t found the driver of the motorcycle yet,” JPD spokesman Lt. David Campbell said in an interview on Thursday.

Police believe the man was involved in a strong arm assault that took place in the 400 block of Harris Street in downtown Juneau on Wednesday. A 40-year-old man reported a man whom he knew assaulted him during a disagreement. Alcohol was involved in the assault. Weapons were not involved.

Police did not release the name of the suspect since he was not arrested and has not been charged with a crime. They also aren’t asking for the public’s assistance in finding the man and aren’t releasing a picture of him at this time.

“We know who we’re looking for, and we know his name, “Campbell said. “It’s probably just going to be a matter of time before we contact him.”

The alleged victim called police several hours after the incident on Wednesday, police said, and he did not require medical attention.

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

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