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Man indicted in January string of armed robberies, assaults in Anchorage

Ben Anderson

Anchorage police said Tuesday that a man allegedly responsible for a string of violent crime around the city -- including numerous armed robberies, home invasions, and violent assaults -- was indicted by a grand jury on Friday. Due to be arraigned Tuesday, 25-year-old Alejandro Aulman will face 20 charges stemming from eight separate incidents that took place between Jan. 2 and Jan. 15, police said.

Aulman was already in custody for an incident on Jan. 15 when he allegedly offered a ride to a woman who got into his vehicle. Police said Aulman demanded the woman give him her purse, then struck her on the head and shot her in the hand. Earlier that day, Aulman also allegedly kicked in the door of a residence in Anchorage's Airport Heights neighborhood and entered the home, though the person living there wasn't able to determine if anything was missing in that burglary. 

Among the other incidents in which Aulman will face charges were three separate armed robberies of fast-food restaurants, including the Jan. 2 robbery of a Subway sandwich restaurant in midtown Anchorage, a Pizza Hut near downtown Anchorage the next day, and an Airport Heights Burger King robbed on Jan. 11. In all of those cases, Aulman allegedly brandished a gun before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Aulman was also indicted in the Jan. 9 robbery of a downtown hotel only a few blocks south of the Pizza Hut that he had robbed just six days earlier. In that incident, police say Aulman pointed a gun at the front desk clerk, who fled before Aulman allegedly took her purse from behind the counter.

Aulman will also face charges on a number of home invasions, including one that took place at a Fairview residence on the night of Jan. 1 and 2, but wasn't reported until about 9 a.m. the next morning, the same morning that police said Aulman stuck up the Subway restaurant.

"The victim reported that sometime the night before a man had knocked on his residence door and asked to use his phone," Anchorage police said in a release. "The suspect rushed into the house when the victim opened the door, knocked the victim unconscious, and stole the victim’s handgun. The victim awakened the following morning and called the police."

A similar burglary and assault also took place two weeks later at another Airport Heights home, police said. They were called to the residence by a woman who had reportedly just awoken on her floor, "covered in blood."

"The victim last remembered answering a knock on her residence door," the release said. "The contents of the victim’s purse had been dumped out on the floor and a small amount of cash was taken. The victim was transported to the hospital where she was treated for multiple facial bone fractures."

In all, Aulman is expected to face nine charges of assault, seven counts of robbery, three counts of burglary and a single count of theft. Aulman is expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

Contact Ben Anderson at ben(at)alaskadispatch.com