Police Arrest Man Who Threatened to Provoke Officers
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(ANCHORAGE, AK) - Anchorage police catch a wanted suspect. The man initially did not appear for an Anchorage court hearing and threatened to make officers shoot him. Anchorage police said the man is now in custody and will likely face additional criminal charges.
45-year-old Wasilla resident Scott McDowell was arrested by police attempting to flee in South Mountain View at about 5:30 p.m. today.
Anchorage police started to look for McDowell this morning, after a citizen said he was going to threaten police by attempting to rob a bank and provoke them into shooting him.
Wasilla authorities notified the Anchorage Police Department that he was likely in Anchorage. Officers received calls about a man who attempted to steal a bottle of liquor at the Northway Mall, and about a man swerving in and out of traffic in the same area.
Anchorage police set up officers in the South Mountain View neighborhood and stopped McDowell in his car at the corner of San Antonio Street and San Ernesto Avenue.
"Our concern with Mr. McDowell was that he had not only threatened to rob a bank but also he was threatening to harm himself and possibly others in trying to get the police to take action against him. So this was really important that we get him back under the authority of the court system," said APD Spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker.
McDowell attempted to flee officers by running past a playground of children and around an apartment building.
Police say he had a knife, but did not attempt to use it.
"I was by a tree at the little park, which was really close to the fence, and he ran pretty close to that, so I felt pretty scared," said Ashleigh, a 9-year-old girl that was playing in the park when the arrest was made.
APD said new criminal charges for McDowell were filed, including two counts of felony assault, two counts of robbery, theft, terroristic threatening, domestic violence assault and eluding officers.
Court records show McDowell failed to appear in court on charges of theft and trespassing filed against him in June, along with past charges of assault and domestic violence, shoplifting, and for escaping a correctional facility.