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5 charged after East Anchorage carjacking and standoff with police

Charging documents filed in court Sunday shed light on an East Anchorage weekend carjacking that led to a nine-hour SWAT standoff and the arrest of five people.

The trouble began on Saturday morning, when a woman told police she was getting into her purple 2013 Kia on the 4100 block of DeBarr Road when a man "came up, pushed her out of her car, and then drove off with her vehicle," according to charging documents by Anchorage prosecutors in a criminal case related to the carjacking against Isaiah Posun Hank, 19.

Two hours later, police got a call about a man digging through the same purple Kia in front of an apartment complex on the 5200 block of East 26th Avenue, on the other side of Russian Jack Springs Park, the charging documents say.

When officers showed up, Hank ran, prosecutors say.

As police were clearing the stolen Kia, Hank re-emerged. Police grabbed him and during a pat down, officers discovered the victim's key fob and debit card in one of his pockets, according to the charging documents.

In the other was a syringe.

Police arrested Hank. He had been convicted of a felony — first degree vehicle theft — on March 2 and given a two year suspended-imposition of sentence.

When police tried to serve a search warrant on an apartment at the complex they believed another person involved in the carjacking was in, they found the door was barricaded, according to charging documents in the case against Keith Tracey, 35. The charging documents do not mention a report of shots fired in the area that police described in a Nixle alert Saturday.

Police "deployed a robot" to get into the apartment and saw five men and two women inside, according to charging documents for Tracey, who police say was one of the people inside.

A SWAT team was called to the scene. Eventually, two women left. Finally, Tracey left the apartment at 8 p.m. but tried to fight police when they were putting him in handcuffs. He "appeared intoxicated," police said.

The five people inside the apartment were all wanted on warrants:

– Keith Tracey, 38, on charges of resisting arrest by hiding/barricading. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant.

– Eti Sevetasimale, 31, on three outstanding warrants — including one for vehicle theft, according to a statewide warrant database.

– Isaiah Hank, 19, on second degree theft, criminal trespass and violating conditions of release, as well as an outstanding warrant.

– Merandarae Sheakley, 22, on resisting arrest by hiding/barricading and an outstanding warrant.

– Steavin Martin, 32, on two outstanding warrants.

All appeared in Anchorage Jail Court on Sunday.

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