Anchorage police arrest two, seek one in park sex assault

Crime scene forces the rerouting of race

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2007

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police have charged two men with sexually assaulting a teenage girl at a popular Anchorage park.

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A third man is being sought in the incident early Saturday morning in a bike trail tunnel near Valley of the Moon Park, police said.

Police on Sunday arrested Levar Taylor and Russell Haube, both 21. Both were charged with sexual assault. Haube also was charged with attempted sexual assault.

A warrant is out for a third suspect, Bernie Wesley Moffitt III, 20.

"We think he knows we're looking for him," said Lt. Paul Honeman.

The crime scene forced the rerouting of a popular running race, the Run for Women, which drew nearly 4,500 mostly female entrants.

The race course had to be partially moved so police could search the bike tunnel and its surroundings for evidence, Honeman said.

The female victim had gone to an Anchorage hospital early Saturday morning.

Honeman said police were alerted at about 5:43 a.m. The young woman was described as "an intoxicated juvenile assault victim."

An investigator learned she had been sexually assaulted.

By 8:30 a.m., a decision was made to establish a crime scene perimeter and seal off the tunnel so police could look for evidence.

The bike tunnel is on the Chester Creek Trail under Arctic Boulevard, Honeman said.

Detectives worked into Sunday morning following leads and interviewing witnesses and suspects, police said.

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