Crime & Courts

Police: Anchorage man who fled from officers found with property stolen in ‘numerous burglaries’

An Anchorage man who tried to elude police twice — in one instance, pulling Taser probes from his torso before jumping a fence — faces multiple charges after officers found stolen goods from "numerous burglaries" in a stolen truck the man was driving, the Anchorage Police Department said Tuesday.

David Ramos Jr., 34, was in custody at the Anchorage Correctional Complex on Tuesday after his arrest, online records show.

He was initially contacted by police after officers got a call Saturday morning about a theft in the 7100 block of Ambler Lane.

A woman had spotted her stolen bicycle in the back of a white Ford F-250 pickup. The license plate she gave officers came back as being reported stolen, police said.

The pickup was found on the same street, unoccupied but running. Ramos got into the truck and tried driving away, but an officer pulled his car up to the Ford, blocking Ramos, police said.

Ramos got out of the truck and ran, according to police, and officers chased him.

Ramos jumped fences and ran through yards, then climbed up the roof of a home in the 4100 block of Patterson Street, police said.

Then, Ramos jumped down, police said, ignoring warnings from officers that they were going to use Tasers on him.

Ramos was tased in the torso, but "he pulled the probes out and jumped over a fence," police said.

Officers continued to follow him on foot and tackled him in a backyard on Gemini Drive. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries "sustained during his escape attempt," police said.

In Ramos' clothing — which was seized as evidence — police said they found multiple credit cards that weren't his.

"When officers were processing the stolen (Ford F-250), they found property inside that had been stolen in numerous burglaries throughout the neighborhood. The items were photographed, cataloged, and then most of the property was returned to the owners," police said.

Among the stolen goods were sunglasses, ammunition, cellphones, deodorant and clothing, police spokeswoman Renee Oistad wrote in an email.

Ramos was charged with first-degree vehicle theft, two counts of second-degree theft, two counts of second-degree burglary, and misconduct involving weapons, court documents show.

He stayed overnight in a hospital for treatment, according to police.

"Due to the hospital citing privacy concerns, police were not informed when Ramos was discharged from the hospital," police said.

Oistad said she was unable to release the name of the hospital. "Each hospital has its own policies and procedures," she wrote in an email.

Then police got a call Tuesday about a "possible vehicle prowler," court documents say.

Ramos was rummaging through a silver Subaru that he had filled with a woman's belongings in a driveway in the 3100 block of East 16th Avenue, according to police.

Ramos had been given permission to use the woman's car and had access to her home, but he wasn't allowed to take her things, the woman told police afterward.

Ramos gave officers a fake name, police said, so they told him they would put him in handcuffs until they could confirm his identity. But as they put the handcuffs on, Ramos tried to pull away and run, according to police. All three officers and Ramos slipped on the ice and fell to the ground, police said.

"Ramos continued to fight and refused repeated commands to stop. After being pepper-sprayed, Ramos quit resisting and was taken into custody," police said.

Police did a pat search of Ramos and found his wallet. Inside, they found two Social Security cards that were not his, court documents say.

On Tuesday, he was arrested and charged with two counts of theft in the second degree, and one count of providing false information.

Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.

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