Crime & Courts

Anchorage police: Phone thief fights with officers during arrest

Anchorage police say a 45-year-old man fought with three officers during an arrest stemming from the attempted sale of a stolen phone.

David S. Boyles was jailed on a felony probation violation warrant. He also has been charged with possession of stolen property, resisting and assault on an officer, the police department said in a Monday night statement.

At 3:52 p.m. Monday, police got a call from an employee at High Frequency Wireless. The caller told police a man in the store was trying to sell a phone previously stolen from Device Pitstop, an electronics store, on Saturday.

Officers reportedly met face-to-face with Boyles inside High Frequency.

"(Boyles) refused to comply with officer commands and began physically fighting all three officers," police said. "After a few minutes an officer gave a Taser warning. Boyles was tased after continuing to fight and refusing to obey officer instructions."

The police department's statement does not say how long the fight lasted until officers were able to arrest Boyles, who was taken to a local hospital and medically cleared.

"Boyles exhibited signs of drug use to include extremely heightened physical strength," the statement says.

Additionally, police said a Volkswagen Golf, originally stolen from the 500 block of East Benson Boulevard on Wednesday and used during the Device Pitstop burglary on Saturday, was recovered Monday night in Midtown Anchorage.

The car was left running and unattended when it was stolen, police said.

Jerzy Shedlock

Jerzy Shedlock is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.