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Fairbanks fugitive found in North Pole

Posted: June 24, 2014 - 8:35am

FAIRBANKS — A man who escaped custody in a Fairbanks police car despite being handcuffed has been apprehended.

Julius “JT” Chambers was arrested Saturday with help from federal marshals after four days on the lam, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

Chambers was arrested at an apartment in North Pole. He was found hiding under a futon and a pile of clothes, police said.

Police on June 17 responded to a report of criminal trespassing in south Fairbanks and found Chambers. Officers learned an arrest warrant had been issued for him.

Police said Chambers gave them a false name and resisted arrest. He was handcuffed but managed to drive off in a patrol car. Police warned that Chambers was known to carry a gun and could be dangerous.

The manhunt led officers Saturday to an eight-unit apartment building in North Pole.

Officers cleared other apartments of residents, and police contacted the people in the apartment where they suspected Chambers was hiding.

Three people inside initially denied Chambers was there, but after several minutes of talking to officers, the three acknowledged he was inside and armed, police said.

Police entered the apartment with a police dog and found Chambers. He struggled briefly but was arrested without trouble, police said.

He remained jailed Monday without bail at Fairbanks Correctional Center.

The person who harbored Chambers could face charges, police said.

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