Suspect in holdup wanted encounter with police

Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Authorities say a Salcha woman accused of holding up two North Pole bank workers at gunpoint might have done so to get attention from police.

According to authorities, the 49-year-old woman ordered two tellers to the ground in front of the main entrance and told them to wait until police arrived.

Court records say Alisa Kirby did not demand any money in the Friday holdup, but "ranted about how the police did not help her with her domestic violence issues."

Authorities say that when police did not immediately arrive, Kirby ordered the tellers to the back of the bank. She eventually left.

Kirby was arrested Monday after several people recognized her surveillance photo in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

She is charged with assault and kidnapping.

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