Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Saturday, March 24, 2018

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment ...No news reported.

B Detachment

  • AK18019442

    Location: Houston
    Type: Theft II

    Dispatch Text:

    On 03/23/2018 at approximately 0905 hours the Alaska Stated Troopers received a report of theft in the area of the Parks Hwy and Lynx Lake Rd. The victim reported having had approximately $4000.00 dollars worth of metal roofing taken from a parking lot in the area.

    Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 745-2131.


    Posted on 3/24/2018 7:16:00 AM by DPS\pasimasko

  • AK18019461

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Burglary, vehicle theft 2nd

    Dispatch Text:

    On 3/23/18 at approximately 1011 hours Ryan Bowdish, age 30 of Anchorage, called and reported a burglary to his cabin off of Sunrise Dr.  Bowdish reported multiple items and 2 ATVs had been taken.  2 Suspects were contacted at the scene by a neighbor and have been identified, investigation is on going and charges of Burglary and vehicle theft in the 2nd degree will be forwarded to the Palmer Da's office.

    Posted on 3/24/2018 10:45:38 AM by DPS\pcsteen

  • AK18019573

    Location: Houston High School
    Type: Assault 4 DV, Harassment

    Dispatch Text:

    On 3/23/18 at approximately 1427 hours a 16 year old female called and reported she had been harassed and assaulted by a former boyfriend at Houston High School.  Investigation revealed a 17 year old male had called her over 300 times and texted over 90 times in one day and when she didn't respond had located her outside at the buses and assaulted her.  The male subsequently struggled with responding school staff and attempted to continue the assault.  The male was arrested for Assault in the 4th degree DV, Harassment in the 2nd degree and disorderly conduct.  The male was remanded to the Mat-Su Youth facility.

    Posted on 3/24/2018 10:49:10 AM by DPS\pcsteen

  • AK18019745

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Vehicle Theft

    Dispatch Text:

    On March 24, 2018, Michael L. Loftin, age 30 of Wasilla, called the Alaska State Troopers to report his 2016 Polaris RMK Pro stolen from his residence. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call the Alaska State Troopers at 745-2131 or Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.

    Posted on 3/24/2018 1:54:37 PM by DPS\ladeveaux

  • AK18019772

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Assault 4 DV and Criminal Mischief 4 DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 3/24/18 at approximately 1405 hours Troopers were dispatched to an address off Caroline's Circle for a report of a disturbance between a male and female.  Investigation revealed Lavella Mindiola, age 57 of Wasilla, had assaulted a family member.  Mindiola also destroyed items in the house with a total value of approximately $650.  Mindiola was arrested and remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility on no bail.

    Posted on 3/24/2018 4:45:01 PM by DPS\pcsteen

  • AK18019771

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Assault 4th DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 03/24/2018 at approximately 1310 hours the Alaska State Troopers received a report of domestic violence that happened around midnight early that morning. Investigation revealed that DAVID MCGRATH age 25 of Wasilla recklessly caused injury to the victim. MCGRATH was arrested and remanded at Mat-Su pretrial with no bail.



    Posted on 3/24/2018 6:48:33 PM by DPS\mdbarela

  • AK18019416

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 3/23/18 at approximately 0418 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on W Chrysan Cir in Wasilla for a report of a 911 call. Investigation revealed Jason Hundley age 30, of Wasilla accidently called 911 and had an outstanding warrant out for his arrest. He was arrested, transported and remanded to MSPT where his bail was set at $2,500 CATP.

    Posted on 3/24/2018 12:17:07 AM by DPS\jcsomerville

  • AK18019646

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Burglary

    Dispatch Text:

    On 3/23/18 at approximately 1709 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary at a residence on N Williwaw Way in Wasilla. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers. Investigation continues.

    Posted on 3/24/2018 12:21:50 AM by DPS\jcsomerville

  • AK18019675

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Counterfeit Case

    Dispatch Text:

    On 3/23/18 at approximately 1600 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a counterfeit bill being used at the Holiday Station at Pittman. Investigation continues.

    Posted on 3/24/2018 12:25:09 AM by DPS\jcsomerville

C Detachment ...No news reported.

D Detachment

  • AK18019701

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 3/24/18 at approximately 0115 hours, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2008 Jeep SUV for a moving violation on Badger Road in Fairbanks. Investigation revealed the driver, Redang Midas age 32 of Fairbanks, was operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Midas was arrested for DUI and transported to Fairbanks Correctional Center for remand.

    Posted on 3/24/2018 5:51:38 AM by DPS\makessler

E Detachment

  • AK18019839

    Location: Nikolaevsk
    Type: Trooper Involved Shooting

    Dispatch Text:


    The Alaska State Trooper involved in the shooting incident on 3/24/2018 who fired his service weapon is identified as AST Sergeant Daniel Cox, a 20-year veteran of DPS.

    The Alaska State Trooper injured in the incident on 3/24/2018 is identified as Trooper Luke Kumfer, a 7-year veteran of DPS.

    The preliminary investigation has revealed that Nikolai Yakunin was refusing to cooperate with Trooper Kumfer, and became extremely threatening towards him. Trooper Kumfer immediately radioed for backup and fired his Taser and also sprayed Yakunin with OC spray as Yakunin’s aggression escalated. Yakunin proceeded to attack, injuring Trooper Kumfer as he was knocked off the outside porch. Yakunin continued to assault the now-injured Trooper on the ground for approximately 20 minutes. Yakunin was ultimately shot by Sergeant Cox when he arrived on scene stopping the assault on Trooper Kumfer. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation (ABI) is continuing to investigate.

    Trooper Kumfer has been released from the hospital and continues to recover from his injuries.

    Per Department use of deadly force policy, “A thorough investigation is in the best interest of the involved officer and the Department and is expected by the public”. The evidence and information gathered in this investigation is given to the Department of Law’s Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals, which reviews and determines whether the actions of the trooper(s) involved were within the law. After OSPA's determination is made, the Department of Public Safety reviews the case to determine whether the trooper(s) actions were in accordance with department policy.


    On Saturday, March 24, 2018, at approximately 1417 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a third party report that Nikolai Yakunin, age 42 of Nikolaevsk, was in contact with a female in violation of Yakunin’s conditions of felony probation. It was determined Yakunin had a condition of release from a recent court case stating he was not to have contact with the female. Alaska State Troopers responded to an address on Nikolaevsk Road to contact Yakunin at approximately 1907 hours. While on scene at the residence where Yakunin was located, Yakunin attacked the first responding State Trooper, injuring him and incapacitating him where the Trooper was unable to adequately defend himself. Additional AST units responded to assist the injured Trooper. Upon arrival of the first backup Trooper, Yakunin continued his assaultive behavior, and he was shot to prevent further assaults on any Trooper or bystander. Yakunin was pronounced dead on scene. Next of kin for Yakunin has been notified. The initial responding Trooper was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. Investigation into the incident continues.


    On 3/24/2018 at approximately 1939 hours, Alaska State Troopers from the Anchor Point Post were involved in a shooting incident in the community of Nikolaevsk. One person was confirmed deceased on scene. A Trooper was injured during the incident and transported by EMS to the hospital in Homer with reportedly serious injuries. E Detachment Patrol Troopers, investigators with ABI and the Homer Police Department have responded to assist with the situation. The Trooper(s) involved that fired their service weapon will be placed on mandatory 72-hour administrative leave. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 3/24/2018 10:11:23 PM by DPS\mapeters

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AK Bureau of Highway Patrol ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Judicial Services ...No news reported.

AK Div of Fire and Life Safety ...No news reported.