Bethel rape suspect surrenders to police

Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

BETHEL - A rape suspect who eluded Alaska State Troopers for several days by snowmachining between villages in Northwest Alaska has surrendered.

Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said 26-year-old Jason Douglas Black of Kotzebue turned himself in late Friday in the village of Noorvik. She said Black's relatives persuaded him to give up.

The manhunt began after a Kiana police officer called Alaska State Troopers on Dec. 7 to report that Black sexually assaulted a young woman there. Black then fled the village and, armed with a rifle, headed toward Noorvik on a snowmachine.

Troopers obtained two warrants for Black's arrest - one charging him with the Kiana sexual assault and the other charging him with an assault in Noorvik.

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