2 sex assaults reported in Anchorage drunk vans

Posted: Friday, April 09, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Community Service Patrol may put barriers in its vans to separate men and women drunks and prevent sexual assaults on the way to the sleep-off center.

The Anchorage Daily News reports police are investigating a reported assault Wednesday, which followed an incident five days earlier in which a 44-year-old man was charged with assaulting a woman in a van.

The Anchorage Fire Department contracts with Purcell Security to protect intoxicated street people by getting them out of the cold and into a safe place for the night. The service costs about $1.3 million this year.

Fifty or more people a night sleep on the floor at the center at the Anchorage jail.

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