Child-pursuit report brings a swarm of cops — and a surprise ending

bbrasch@adn.comOctober 31, 2013 

Crime scenes, features

Twenty-six Anchorage Police Department officers, detectives and Police Chief Mark Mew spent time investigating a possible early-morning abduction while based at the Mountain View Car Wash on Thursday, October 31, 2013, in Mountain View. Police eventually determined mid-afternoon that a scene involving two people running after a bus may have been misinterpreted, and no criminal activity is believed to have occurred.

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Police received a report from a witness of a man yelling and running after a girl in Mountain View early Thursday morning and responded with a small militia of 20 police cars, the crime van and the chief of police. Officers prowled around Mountain View looking for a suspect, grilling possible witnesses and putting out a call to the public for help.

As it turned out, the girl and the man were indeed yelling. But it wasn't at each other and she was never at risk, except perhaps for a tardy note.

It was a girl and her father chasing after a school bus trying to get it to stop because she was late to school, said Jennifer Castro, Anchorage Police spokeswoman.

Before police reached that conclusion, a 26-person swarm of detectives and officers descended upon the Mountain View Car Wash, 433 Commercial Drive, and started to canvass the neighborhood for information. They asked businesses for surveillance film, she said.

She said one business' surveillance footage did show a man running behind a girl, which confirmed the witness report, but police believe the person who made the original call didn't see the scene play out -- with the girl safely getting on the bus and going to school, on time.

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