Outlaw hunter who fled Anchorage caught at Big Lake

Casey Grove

An anonymous tip led to the Wednesday morning arrest of fugitive outlaw hunting guide Michael A. "Tony" Roberts at Big Lake, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Roberts, 50, allegedly cut off a court-ordered ankle monitor on Oct. 4. He was out of jail on bail for July charges of driving without a license and flying without a pilot's license, court records show.

Roberts' checkered past as a hunter and his apparent inclination to run from the law caused troopers to chase him before -- in 1999. Wanted for guiding without a license, same-day airborne hunting and possession of illegal game that year, Roberts eluded arrest for six months before a tipster outed him.

In 2010, Roberts was convicted of illegal possession and transportation of a moose. He was sent to jail in September 2011, released in February 2012, and arrested for the current charges in July, according to court records.

On Wednesday, a day after troopers announced Roberts had removed the tracking device from his ankle and run from his court-appointed third party custodian's home in Anchorage, another tip led to his arrest at Big Lake, said troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen. Troopers found Roberts, wanted on a $50,000 warrant, at a house in the Susitna Valley community north of Anchorage about 10:30 a.m., Ipsen said.

"They found him hiding underneath a bed," Ipsen said.

With the help of a Wasilla police officer and police dog, Roberts was arrested without a struggle, Ipsen said. It did not appear that anyone else was staying at the Big Lake home where he was caught, she said.

Roberts was taken to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer.


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