Reverse 911 call didn't go as planned

Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011

FAIRBANKS — A reverse 911 call didn’t go the way Alaska State Troopers planned.

The problem arose Friday night when a handcuffed man got away from troopers. A reverse 911 call was sent so those in the area would keep a look out for him.

The 20-year-old Anchorage man was wanted for violating probation on drugs and minor consumption charges. He ran from troopers shortly before 5 p.m. while he was being taken into custody.

Troopers quickly sent the reverse 911 call to a three-mile area to warn approximately 700 people of the handcuffed man on the loose.

But not everyone got that call. Then, after the man was found, some people who never received the first call received a second telling them troopers had the suspect.

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