Thursday, January 03, 2013

Hispanic-Looking Male Sought In Three Anchorage Armed Robberies, May Be The Same Perpetrator

Update February 26th: Alejandro Aulman has been indicted for the robberies listed below.

A serial armed robber may be on the loose in Anchorage, Alaska. Three armed robberies have been staged from January 1-3, 2013, and the common denominator is a Hispanic-looking male with similar physical features. The modus operandi is also similar. Police are not playing up a connection at this moment.

The Details:

-- Robbery #1: Occurred at a home on the 1400 block of East 12th Avenue in Fairview sometime during the evening of January 1st. The robber knocked on the door, asked to use the phone, then when the resident turned his back to get the phone, the robber took the resident's handgun, hit him over the head with it, and got away with the gun, a phone, and a small amount of cash. The the victim was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The victim did not contact police until 8:30 A.M. on January 2nd, thus the KTUU story appears confusing.

-- Robbery #2: Occurred on January 2nd at around 8:30 A.M. at the Subway shop at 6110 Old Seward Hwy., just south of Old Seward’s intersection with Dowling Road. The suspect brandished a handgun while demanding money from the till, and escaped on foot to the west with a small undisclosed amount of cash. Only three employees were present; none were hurt. In a comment, Elizabeth Petrivelli suggested the employees should have thrown hot soup in the robber's face.

-- Robbery #3: Occurred on January 3rd shortly before 9:30 A.M. at the Pizza Hut outlet at 118 E. 6th Ave., just east of the Anchorage Museum. The robber brandished a handgun and demanded money from a female employee, who handed the man a bag of coins and fled to another employee in the kitchen. The robber followed, but then returned to the register and removed an undisclosed amount of cash, departing in an SUV.

Suspect Descriptions:

-- Robbery #1 Perp Description: A Hispanic male in his twenties wearing a black jacket and tan pants, standing 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighing 180 to 190 pounds.

-- Robbery #2 Perp Description: A Hispanic man in his twenties standing about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing about 185 pounds. The robber was wearing a dark beanie and a dark hooded sweatshirt, as well as blue jeans and tennis shoes; he also had a black T-shirt pulled over his face. According to KTVA, the employees also think the robber was Hispanic because of his accent.

-- Robbery #3 Perp Description: A man about 25 years old with skin tone similar to that of a Latino or Pacific Islander, wearing a black hoodie, black skull cap and a dark scarf.

Update January 13th: A fourth robbery was reported on this date. Around 10 A.M., a man described as Caucasian, wearing a mask and a black, hooded sweatshirt and all-black clothing walked into the Burger King at 700 Northway Drive and demanded money. The man brandished a handgun and employees gave him cash, after which the robber departed. Nobody was injured, and police were notified at 10:10 A.M. Until there's evidence to the contrary, police are continuing to investigate each robbery as a separate crime with separate suspects.

The evidence may be circumstantial at this point, but it clearly points to the possibility that the same perp may be responsible for the first three robberies, and most definitely in the last two of the three. The suspect description and modus operandi are similar, and the time of day is also similar for the last two robberies. Residents are cautioned NOT to allow someone who is unknown to them to enter their home to use the phone or for any other purpose.

However, the confusion in the third robbery between "Latino" and "Pacific Islander" illustrates one reason why some media outlets are reluctant to identify the race of a wanted suspect. There is no abrupt wall of separation between "Latino" and "Pacific Islander"; I've seen Polynesians who resemble Hispanics, and I've even seen a few Alaska Natives who also resemble Hispanics. In addition, a Polynesian who is not yet fluent in English could ALSO speak with an accent. So it's prudent to be careful before trumpeting a suspect's race.

Nevertheless, when the race of a suspect can be clearly established, it should be reported. Political correctness should never be allowed to hinder a possible early arrest.

1 comment:

  1. just a matter of time and his dark skinned ass will be laying dead when he screws around with the wrong man who is also packing a gun for self defense.