ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Bruce Allen King, 37, was taken into police custody Sunday night after police say a witness called them with reports of a “prowler.”
Authorities announced Monday that the search was over for the man who was wanted for multiple car thefts, including stealing a car that had a young child in the back seat at the time on New Year’s Day.
Weeks later he was almost arrested, however he narrowly escaped police after stealing yet another vehicle.
According to the witness that contacted police, King, who at the time was only identified as a "prowler," was riding a bike, wielding a shovel, and checking vehicle doors on Spenard. The witness told police that the man attempted to jump in and steal his truck but was unsuccessful.
Further down on Spenard, police officers located a man matching the witness description. At the time, authorities were still unaware that it was King, a man they had issued multiple notices for being the subject of a widespread manhunt.
According to a police statement, when King was approached, he provided a false name to police. APD said the officer speaking to King “began to question the validity of the name.” At that point, the suspect began to walk away. When another police car arrived, the man later identified as King took off in a full sprint.
Officers chased him down, and recognized his face after the winter mask he was wearing slipped off his face. After the brief pursuit, officers were able to catch and arrest King on top of a snow bank on the 3700 block of Oregon Street, APD said.
King provided another, separate false name during the police questioning following his arrest. His identity was confirmed later via a fingerprint match, police said. He was jailed on the previous warrants he had as well as new charges including false information, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.
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