Man who hosted prostitutes in hotel room later robbed, police say

Michelle Theriault Boots

Three men burst into the Spenard hotel room of a 49-year-old Anchorage man and robbed him of jewelry, his cellphone and wallet at gunpoint early Sunday morning, Anchorage police said. They then fled in a black SUV.

The suspects -- described by the victim as two Pacific Islander men and one Alaska Native man -- entered the Microtel Inn and Suites on Northwood Drive in Spenard at around 6 a.m. on Sunday, said Anchorage Police Department spokesman Lt. Dave Parker.

According to police, they knocked on the victim's door and, as he let them in, began hitting him. One carried a shotgun.

After going through the man's pockets, they instructed him to stand in the shower as they ransacked the room, allegedly stealing a laptop, watch, gold jewelry and a wallet that contained a $2,000 check.

Then they left, the victim said, and drove away in a black SUV.

Two of the suspects were described as a Pacific Islander male, 6 feet, 2 inches and 330 pounds and a Native male, 6 feet, 2 inches and 290 to 300 pounds. The victim did not offer a description of the third suspect.

The victim also told police that he had earlier been hosting two prostitutes named "Shirley" and "Pocahontas" in the room. During that encounter, one of the women had mentioned having a dark-colored SUV that matched the description of the robbery suspects' getaway vehicle.

"It's not beyond any stretch of the imagination," that the two are related, said Parker.

The victim's name has not been released.

Police are investigating the robbery.


By MICHELLE THERIAULT BOOTS
Anchorage Daily News