Anchorage Police Department

  • Agency: Anchorage Police Department
  • Address: 4501 Elmore Road, Anchorage, 99507 AK
  • Chief: Mark Mew (Chief of Police)
Phone: 907 786-8500

Anchorage Police Department is located at 4501 Elmore Road, Anchorage, 99507 AK. The Chief of Police of the department is Mark Mew. The Anchorage Police Department phone number is 907 786-8500.

Anchorage Police Department News

On 11/12/18 at 4:27 p.m., Officers with the Patrol Division responded to the Spenard Holiday Inn Express (4411 Spenard Road) in reference to a shooting. The circumstances of the shooting are currently under investigation. The preliminary investigation has found that an adult male was in the parking lot of the hotel when he was shot in the upper body by an adult male suspect. The victim has been transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. The incident appears to be isolated and there is no threat to the public. At this time, the incident is believed to be drug related. There is no suspect information to release at this time. If you were a witness to this crime or have any information regarding this investigation, please contact non-emergency Dispatch at 3-1-1 (Option #1). Please avoid the area of the Spenard Holiday Inn Express as the scene is being processed. APD Case: 18-45507

To every person who has ever put on the uniform to serve our country, we offer our respect, support, appreciation, and gratitude. Thank you for your bravery and your sacrifice. 🇺🇸️ We have several veterans here at the Anchorage Police Department. We're proud and grateful for their service to our country and their service to our community.

The suspect driver in last night's fatal hit and run has been identified as Ruti Malietufa (71 years old). Malietufa was arrested and remanded at the Anchorage Jail on the felony charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Failure to Render Aid. The victim's identity will be released pending next-of-kin procedures.

Investigators have determined that the suspect vehicle is a yellow 2002-2005 Ford Explorer. The vehicle has a business logo on the front doors and on the rear window. The vehicle also has a black roof rack without cross bars. The right headlight is inoperative but the parking lamp is still functional. The suspect vehicle should have some front damage to some degree. The last digit of the license plate is the number 4. There is no information available on the suspect driver at this time. If you see this vehicle, please call 9-1-1. Anyone who has any information regarding this fatal hit and run, has information on the vehicle's owner, or who has surveillance footage of the incident, is asked to contact non-emergency Police Dispatch at 3-1-1 (option #1). If you have suspect information and would like to remain anonymous, you may contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or online at APD Case: 18-45261

SEEKING WITNESSES & SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE Update: On 11/10/18 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Officers with the Patrol Division were dispatched to the area of E 3rd Avenue and Orca Street in reference to a report of a deceased adult female in the road. The preliminary investigation has found that the adult female was a pedestrian when a vehicle struck the victim and fled the scene. Both the suspect vehicle and suspect driver are unknown at this time. Police are currently seeking witnesses and surveillance footage of the area. If you have any information about this investigation, please call non-emergency Dispatch at 3-1-1 (Option #1). The investigation is ongoing. E 3rd Avenue and Orca Street continue to be closed while the area is being processed. Please seek alternative routes. APD Case: 18-45261

We recently spoke with KTVA 11 News about license plate theft. Do you regularly check your plates, #Anchorage? Consider this a friendly reminder. If you ever find yours missing or replaced, call non-emergency Dispatch at 311. Report it, get a case number, then head to the DMV and get new plates.

Russell Cherry, 51, of Anchorage, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason, to serve four years in federal prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, after previously pleading guilty to one count of possession of child pornography. Cherry worked as a neuropsychologist treating children in Anchorage until he was indicted in June 2018. According to court documents, in the summer of 2017, Cherry had been using a file-sharing network to download images and videos depicting child sexual exploitation. Cherry became the subject of a federal investigation after APD detectives observed activity from an IP address that had distributed through the file-sharing network, a 4 minute video depicting the sexual assault of two children between eight and 10 years old. The investigation determined that the IP address was associated with Cherry’s residence. On Aug. 29, 2017, APD and FBI executed a search warrant on Cherry’s residence, where several hundred images depicting child pornography were found on a number of different devices belonging to Cherry. During a statement to law enforcement at the time of the search, Cherry admitted to searching for and downloading images depicting child sexual exploitation for his own “curiosity.” The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Anchorage Police Department (APD) conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of this case. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Alexander. This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

ICYMI: The Anchorage Police Department is participating in #Movember to raise awareness for prostate cancer screening and early detection. 💙 Here's a facial hair progress pic from APD Dispatch! We've joined the American Cancer Society Grow Nation to raise funds for the cause. Proceeds go to breakthrough research and aid for those already fighting cancer:

UPDATE: This case is now classified as a homicide investigation. The victim - James Page, Jr. (59-years-old) - was assaulted and died as a result of those injuries. Detectives are looking to speak with anyone who has information, including surveillance video, about this investigation. They can call Dispatch at 311 (option #1) or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP to remain anonymous. ORIGINAL: At 10:29 AM on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Anchorage Police responded to the Black Angus Inn at 1430 Gambell Street in reference to a deceased adult male found inside the motel. Since that time APD detectives have received new information that has prompted a closer look at the scene.

Stay warm out there, #Anchorage! ❄️

UPDATE: The victim has died as a result of his injuries. This is now a homicide investigation. His identity is not being released at this time pending next of kin notification procedures. Anyone with information about this investigation, including surveillance video, is asked to call Dispatch at 311 (option #1) or Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP to remain annonymous. UPDATE 11/9/18 2AM: 3900 block of East 8th Avenue reopened ORIGINAL: On 11/8/18 around 11:20 p.m., Dispatch received a report of an adult male lying in the street in the 3900 block of East 8th Avenue. Officers with the Patrol Division located an adult male victim with injuries from an assault. He was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. Officers have detained several people for questioning. East 8th Avenue is now open between Bragaw Street & Klevin Street. Anyone with information about this investigation, including surveillance video, is asked to call Dispatch at 311 (option #1).

We're very grateful for our thoughtful friends over at FOCUS! Their kindness and strong sense of community is inspiring. They've been working on a lot of projects lately - one of them being "Survival Bags" for our officers. Thank you! 🚔

As the officer was pursuing the suspect, backup units arriving in the area set up a perimeter; a K9 track was conducted. The dog tracked to a back yard on the 1700-block of Kalgin Street. The K9 started to bark and the handler gave loud K9 warnings. The driver, later identified as 29-year-old Sean D. Alger, was found hiding under a back porch of the residence. He was taken into custody without incident.

#ThrowbackThursday from the Anchorage Police Department archives: some of our Traffic Unit staff from the 1960s!

An arrest warrant for Escape has been obtained for 51-year-old Kenyatta Batiste. Batiste failed to return to the Cordova Center from a job search. Batiste was most recently convicted of Robbery. Batiste is 5’6” tall, 195 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. If you have information regarding Batiste’s whereabouts, please call non-emergency Police Dispatch at 3-1-1 (option #1).

Heads up, Anchorage! Please excuse our move-in dust as we're transitioning to our downtown location. Our new building is not yet open to the public, so if you need us, please visit APD's location at 4501 Elmore Rd. And as always - for emergencies, call 9-1-1. Thank you!

ICYMI: The Anchorage School District received a $200K grant from the Department of Justice to strengthen school security. The grant goes towards a Threat Assessment and Technology Program that helps protect students, teachers, faculty and first responders. Read more: "The #Anchorage Police Department has a very long history of a strong partnership with the School District, and this just builds on that. This program is very much like the Crisis Intervention Team program that APD has, and that's been wonderfully successful for us. We can continue that partnership by offering our expertise and experience in the CIT program. Anything that's proactive and helps intervene in a situation before it becomes violent is wonderful." - Chief Doll

🚨 UPDATE: The deceased person found in the parking lot of the Alaska Zoo on November 5, 2018, has been identified as 45-year-old Michael R. Greco. Greco died as a result of trauma to the body and his death is now being investigated as a homicide. The type and cause of trauma is part of the investigation and will not be released at this time. Detectives are still seeking information regarding this crime. Anyone with surveillance footage of the area, or additional information, is asked to call Dispatch at 3-1-1 (option #1). To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or

IT’S WHAT NOT TO DO WEDNESDAY! #WNTDW We do not close the roads just for fun. We promise that, at no time, does an officer sit in their patrol vehicle and think to themselves, “Hey – I have some traffic cones and flares in my trunk I haven’t used in a while. I think I’ll throw them out on a major roadway just to see what happens.” Traffic enforcement is dangerous. It’s an excellent way for an officer to get mowed over by a motorist who is paying absolutely no attention whatsoever. Which means we only get involved in playing in traffic because it’s absolutely necessary in keeping you safe. The first official snowfall we had last week was like all first snowfalls: chaos. More vehicles in the ditch than on the roadways (okay – not really – but it felt that way). We spent a lot of our time on that day shutting down roads that were so icy that it was necessary to keep them clear so the tow trucks could safely pull out all of the vehicles (that were still sporting their summer tires) from the ditch. Do you know what was not helpful? Having people decide they “really needed to go that way” and use the side roads to get around the road block our officers had set up. All that does is increase the danger factor for everyone, and it substantially slows the process of clearing and sanding the roads so they can get opened back up for use. Help us help you. Do not put yourselves, or us, in danger by ignoring our blockades (which you can get ticketed for, by the way, when you blow through them). Sometimes successful adulting requires patience and that’s exactly what we need from you in times like these. Please. Thank you. Use your inside voice, play well with others, and remember we're all in this together.

An arrest warrant for Escape has been obtained for 35-year-old Christina L. Connella. Connella left the Midtown Center with permission but did not return. Connella was most recently convicted of Theft.

The suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Jedediah I. Smith, walked out of the front door of the home. Smith abruptly stopped when he saw police, ignored their commands to stop, and immediately went back inside the house. Smith then exited the rear of the home and encountered the officers who were staged there. Smith complied with their instructions and was taken into custody without incident. During the pat search officers found a gun on Smith’s person which Smith did not disclose to the officers immediately upon contact with them. Smith is a convicted felon and is therefore not allowed to be in possession of a handgun. A computer check revealed the weapon had been reported as stolen out of New Hampshire.