Soldotna-area homeowner holds alleged burglar on roof at gunpoint

Zaz Hollander

A Soldotna-area man detained a suspected burglar at gunpoint on his roof early Wednesday morning and then called 911, Alaska State Troopers said.

The man was at home in Mackey Lake with his family at about 6 a.m. Tuesday when he saw a stranger, later identified as 43-year-old Warren W. Hamilton of Anchorage, come into his mudroom, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. Hamilton realized an interior door was locked and tried to get into the house through a second-floor window, troopers said. That's where the homeowner found him.

The man called emergency dispatchers at 6:11 a.m. and told them he was holding a prowler at gunpoint with a pistol, troopers said. Soldotna troopers arrived to see the homeowner on the phone with a dispatcher, and Hamilton on the roof.

The homeowner provided a ladder, they said. Hamilton got down. He was not armed, Peters said, and had spent about 10 minutes on the roof.

Investigation revealed that Hamilton was wanted on a felony arrest warrant on a prior theft case, troopers said. He was also driving a truck reported stolen to Anchorage police.

Inside the truck was a small Chihuahua-like dog named Junior wearing a bomber jacket, Peters said. The car was towed. The dog was handed off to a friend of Hamilton's.

Troopers said they arrested Hamilton on the warrant and took him to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. An investigation into additional charges is ongoing.

Reach Zaz Hollander at or 257-4317.