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Man held at gunpoint and tied up after argument with roommates, Anchorage police say

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: July 23, 2019
  • Published July 23, 2019

One man was arrested and another is still being sought after they pulled a shotgun on their roommate and tied him up because of an argument at their residence in Mountain View, according to police.

It started around 8 p.m. Sunday, when a rock was thrown at a window in the victim’s home, in the 200 block of North Park Street, according to an alert from police. He notified his landlord, left his apartment and returned about four hours later, then argued with his roommates — Lester A. Hunt III, 29, and Levi C. Evangelista, 33 — about the rock in the window, according to police.

When the victim told his roommates to leave, police said, “Evangelista pulled a shotgun on the victim while Hunt tied him up. The victim was then ordered into the space beneath the stairs and told to stay there."

The two men eventually let out the victim and untied him, but one of the men would stay with him at all times, police said, adding that “Hunt had possession of a handgun” at that time.

When the landlord arrived to fix the window, the victim escaped, police said. Dispatch received a call around 6:32 p.m. Monday from the victim, who said “he had been held against his will at gunpoint" and that Hunt was one of the suspects, according to police.

On Monday evening, when police were responding to the residence, an officer spotted someone matching Hunt’s description a few blocks away, according to APD. Hunt was taken to the police department for questioning and remanded at the Anchorage jail on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, according to police. Hunt was charged with third-degree domestic violence assault, fourth-degree domestic violence assault, third degree misconduct involving a weapon - felon in possession and second-degree theft, police said in the alert.

Levi C. Evangelista, 33 (Courtesy APD)

An arrest warrant has been obtained for Evangelista on the charges of third-degree domestic violence assault and fourth-degree domestic violence assault, according to police. He was described as being 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair.

Police asked anyone with information about Evangelista’s location to call dispatch at 311 (option 1). To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or visit

Additional charges are possible in the case. In a search of the apartment where the incident took place, officers recovered a firearm that was reported stolen July 12 in the burglary of an Eagle River home, according to police.

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