Crooked Creek teen charged with taking hostages

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011

CROOKED CREEK — A 16-year-old Crooked Creek boy is accused of holding hostages at gunpoint in the Kuskokwim River village.

Alaska State Troopers say someone called troopers in Aniak around noon Saturday to report the teen was holding people hostage and was threatening to kill family members and himself inside a home.

The phone connection was lost, and efforts by troopers and a Crooked Creek resident to call the home were unsuccessful.

Troopers say by the time officers arrived around 2:15 p.m., a woman and two children escaped after the teen fired a rifle.

Troopers say two females remained inside with the intoxicated teen, who was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

He was taken to the Bethel Youth Facility and charged with various counts including assault, weapons misconduct and reckless endangerment.

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