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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By CASEY GROVE