Crime & Courts

2 Anchorage men face federal charges for pointing shotgun at US Marshal

Two men were indicted Thursday for pointing a sawed-off shotgun at a U.S. Marshal and then leading police on a chase, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

According to a press release, Sulu Faamolemole and Leigaga Selau Amituanai of Anchorage, both 26, assaulted the marshal on Feb. 11 while the officer was conducting surveillance near Mountain View Drive and North Park Street.

Amituanai pointed the shotgun at the marshal while inside a car that Faamolemole was driving, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The marshal and members of the Anchorage Police Department tried to pull the car over, but the duo tried to elude police.

Faamolemole and Amituanai were arrested after they tried to drive down an embankment onto the Glenn Highway exit ramp at Bragaw Street.

Both men were charged with assault on a federal officer using a deadly and dangerous weapon. The maximum penalty for the charge could, at maximum, incarcerate each of them for 20 years. They could also face a fine of $250,000.

Megan Edge

Megan Edge is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch and Alaska Dispatch News.