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Man caught in sex assault in entryway of Fairbanks police headquarters

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 15, 2019
  • Published May 14, 2019

The Fairbanks Police Department says its officers pulled a man off a woman while he was sexually assaulting her inside police headquarters early Monday.

The agency said in a statement that the man and woman entered the police department lobby at 911 Cushman St. around 4 a.m. to return a lost debit card. After slipping the debit card under the closed front-desk window, they went to sit in the vestibule to warm up, according to the statement.

About half an hour later, the woman passed out and slumped over, and the man began to sexually assault her, police said.

Police said an emergency dispatcher who saw the attack through surveillance cameras alerted the two officers who were at headquarters. The officers went to the vestibule and stopped the man, who police identified as 25-year-old Devan Thomas Gage.

“It is very shocking that someone would be so brazen to assault a woman at our police department,” said Teal Soden, a spokeswoman for the police department.

About five minutes passed between the beginning of the assault and the officers’ response, according to the statement.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

Gage was booked into the Fairbanks Correctional Center and charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault. Officers found a 375-milliliter bottle of alcohol in his jacket, though a portable sobriety test didn’t register any alcohol in his system, according to the statement.

Soden said investigators don’t believe Gage and the woman were in a relationship, and said they were best described as “acquaintances.” Gage told police he had been hanging out with the woman all night, though it’s not clear where they had been or what they had been doing, Soden said.