An outlaw hunting guide who was the subject of a manhunt in October now faces a total of three felonies and about 35 misdemeanor charges after a 10-month investigation, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Michael Anthony "Tony" Roberts, 51, operated as an unlicensed guide, taking "unwitting," out-of-state hunters on illegal hunts for years, troopers said. Court records show Roberts has been convicted of guiding without a license, illegal bear baiting, taking game the same day he'd flown in an airplane and wasting the meat of an animal he shot. The convictions stretch back about 25 years, troopers said.
In October, Roberts was out on bail and wearing an ankle monitor for charges of unlicensed guiding, flying without a pilot's license and driving without a valid driver's license. Troopers said he used a grinder to cut off the ankle monitor and disappeared from Anchorage. Law enforcement officers caught Roberts hiding under a bed in a Big Lake home about a week later.
Troopers said in a written statement Thursday that Roberts now faces charges of defrauding creditors -- part of his effort to avoid paying about $160,000 in child support -- falsifying business records, and criminal mischief for cutting off the ankle monitor.
Charges against two of Roberts' accomplices are pending, troopers said.
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By CASEY GROVE