Crime & Courts

Anchorage man tried to sexually assault woman when her car broke down, charges say

A 35-year-old Anchorage man accused of trying to sexually assault a woman in the middle of a busy West Anchorage street on Tuesday was arrested Friday, police said.

Timothy Bogus-Erwin is facing charges of first- and second-degree attempted sexual assault and indecent exposure.

A man later identified as Bogus-Erwin approached a woman he didn’t know around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday after her car broke down near Northern Lights Boulevard and Wisconsin Street, according to a sworn affidavit written by Detective Chris Thomas. She was directing traffic while she waited for a tow truck, the affidavit said.

The man tried to sexually assault her and left the area, it said.

Police said they responded to a separate call several blocks away shortly after Bogus-Erwin encountered the woman in traffic. Multiple callers had reported a man looking into houses with his pants down, according to a probable cause statement. Two other women also reported a man had groped them, one at Lyn Ary Park and another while she was mowing her lawn, the statement said.

Officers found Bogus-Erwin and identified him as the suspect, then charged him with misdemeanor harassment and released him on his own recognizance, it said.

Police on Thursday had released a photo of Bogus-Erwin and asked for the public’s help finding him. He was in custody at the Anchorage Correctional Complex by Friday morning. Police said they believed Bogus-Erwin may have victimized other people and asked anyone who believes they may have been assaulted or inappropriately touched by him to contact Detective Thomas at 907-786-2628.

Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter focusing on breaking news and public safety. Before joining the ADN in 2019, she was a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. Contact her at