Crime & Courts

Police: Robbery suspect slashed Fred Meyer security guard

The man accused of slashing a security guard at the Fred Meyer in Midtown Anchorage on Sunday night was confronted by the guard as he was leaving the store with stolen goods, police said.

Steven Treadway, 31, was arrested on charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault after the encounter at the Fred Meyer at Seward Highway and Benson Boulevard, according to police spokeswoman Anita Shell.

Shell said Treadway shortly before 5 p.m. stashed various goods in a backpack, which set off an alarm as he tried to leave. Initial police reports didn't detail what goods Treadway tried to take.

"Treadway left the store without paying for merchandise and pulled out a knife, which he started waving as he fled," Shell said. "The security guard sustained a laceration to his left jawline about 1½ to 2 inches long."

A criminal complaint against Treadway said that the injured security guard, as well as several bystanders, detained him until officers arrived. Police said Sunday that the guard was conscious and breathing when he was taken to a local hospital.

Court records show Treadway's criminal record includes convictions for forgery, burglary and vehicle theft.

Anchorage District Attorney Clint Campion said Monday afternoon that police had sought Treadway in August on outstanding warrants from Juneau burglary charges. After a parked vehicle Treadway was in was spotted near West 33rd Avenue and Turnagain Street, police said that he ran into nearby woods and officers weren't able to find him at the time.

Campion said Treadway had entered a change of plea in the Juneau case, which had been scheduled for a Dec. 15 sentencing date.

Treadway was being held Monday at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, with his bail set at $2,500.