The Anchorage Police Department said Sunday that two 17-year-old males had been arrested in relation to an early-morning robbery at a South Anchorage convenience store, and were actively searching for an "additional accomplice" to the robbery.
APD spokesperson Dani Myren said in a written release that officers were dispatched to a Holiday gas station on Huffman Road following the activation of a silent "hold-up" alarm shortly before 5 a.m.
An employee reached at the store told dispatchers the business had just been robbed by a two suspects, one of whom was wearing a mask and pointed a handgun at the store clerk, demanding money and cigarettes, police said. The two fled on foot after the clerk complied, police said.
"A search of the business and surrounding area immediately followed, with officers and K-9 units tracking the two suspects to a residence in a nearby neighborhood," Myren wrote, where police found two 17-year-olds they identified as the suspects, as well as "evidence linking them to the robbery."
The two juveniles were arrested and charged with first-degree robbery and assault, along with a weapons misconduct charge for the teen suspected of wielding the handgun.
Police said they believe another person was involved in the robbery, and asked anyone with information to call APD at 907-786-8500 or to contact Crime Stoppers.
Anchorage Daily News / Alaska Dispatch