Crime & Courts

Police: Man smashed Anchorage DMV window because he wasn’t allowed in minutes after closing

Anchorage man Dekeitric L. Lewis was arrested Tuesday evening after police say he smashed out a window at the city's Midtown DMV office.

Lewis, 41, went to the DMV on Benson Boulevard to pick up his new ID on Tuesday, but the doors had already been locked for the day, police spokesman MJ Thim wrote in an email.

Lewis was "upset that DMV employees would not open the doors and help him after-hours," Thim wrote.

The Division of Motor Vehicles office closes at 5 p.m. At 5:04 p.m., police were called to the DMV "in regards to a male who was breaking windows," Thim wrote. Lewis had broken a window on the north side of the building using his hand, police said.

A video posted to YouTube on Tuesday appears to show the same incident, filmed from inside the DMV.

The man, who is standing outside, yells repeatedly to "Bring my mother f—ing ID." In the video, he can be seen standing near a circular window that has been broken, with shattered glass covering the floor inside the building. He later breaks some of the remaining glass from the window with his hand.

Officers arrived to find Lewis pacing in front of the DMV with blood on his hand, Thim wrote.

Lewis was taken to a hospital and then to the Anchorage jail, where he was charged with fourth-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief.

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.