Police arrest suspect after attempt to rob pedestrian

Tourist fled without losing his wallet

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2001

A visitor to Juneau kicked his way out of an attempted robbery Sunday.

Police said Christopher Reese, 20, expected a tourist to hand over his money in a robbery attempt in the Lemon Creek area. But the man kicked at Reese and managed to flee with his wallet intact, police said.

Police Capt. Tom Porter said while the tourist eluded harm in this case, it may not be the best method in every situation.

"It's best to use your own common-sense judgment in these situations," Porter said. "There are a lot of things that may make a difference: Whether the suspect has a weapon, whether you are in an isolated area, whether there are people around. He did it and it worked out the way it did but it's hard to predict what could happen for someone else."

The man told police he was walking in the Lemon Creek area at 7:35 a.m. when four young men approached him in a car. According to a police press release, Reese got out of the car telling the man to "give me all of your money."

The victim began kicking at the robber until he was able to gain the attention of a passerby and catch a ride to the police department, police said.

About four hours later, police located Reese at a Douglas home, using a license plate number the victim got as he fled the scene.

Reese was arrested and charged with attempted robbery and was taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. If convicted, he could serve five to 15 years for the felony, Porter said.

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