Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, January 24, 2022

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

  • AK22007243

    Location: Butte
    Type: Burglary, Theft of ATM

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/24/2022 at approximately 0345 hours, AST responded to a burglary that occurred at the Matanuska Cannabis Co. in the Butte. Two masked males forcefully entered the business after pulling the gate open with their truck and prying the main door open causing damages. The males went directly for an ATM in the business with a dolly taking the ATM and fleeing the scene prior to AST arrival. The vehicle was described as a two-toned blue F-150 styled vehicle and was last seen heading south on the Old Glenn Highway. AST is requesting anyone who may have witnessed this incident or have information regarding the ATM theft to call MATCOM dispatch at 352-5401 or Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.

    Posted on 1/24/2022 6:12:35 AM by DPS\cmwerschey

C Detachment ...No news reported.

D Detachment

  • AK21144348

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    Update 1/24/22: The State Medical Examiner has positively identified the deceased as 69-year-old Fairbanks resident Larry Garrett. Next of kin have been notified. 

    Original: On December 23, 2021, at 4:26 am, the Alaska State Troopers were requested to conduct a welfare check at a home outside of Fairbanks after the resident hadn’t been seen in several days by neighbors. Troopers responded and located a deceased adult male inside the home. The remains were sent to the state medical examiner for positive identification and autopsy.

    Posted on 12/27/2021 9:07:40 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel . Edited on 1/24/2022 11:07:15 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

  • AK22007220

    Location: Steese Highway
    Type: Search and Rescue

    Dispatch Text:

    On January 23, 2022, at 5:11 pm, the Alaska State Troopers were notified that three adult males had become stranded while hunting near 12-mile Summit near the Steese Highway. The group used a satellite communications device to alert the Troopers to their situation. The Alaska State Troopers worked with the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center to launch a helicopter from Fort Wainwright to extract the group. Troopers and the RCC team located the group and transported them to a Fairbanks area hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

    Posted on 1/24/2022 10:46:30 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

  • AK22007528

    Location: Tok
    Type: DUI, Probation Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/24/22 at approximately 2020 hours Tok AST located a vehicle in the ditch near mile 119 Tok Cutoff. Investigation revealed Vanessa Murphy, age 36 of Slana, was operating the vehicle after consuming alcohol. Murphy was also found to be on probation for Criminally Negligent Homicide in case 3GL-16-00070CR, Murphy was arrested and transported to Tok AST. Murphy was later transported to FCC and remanded on 1 count of DUI and 1 count of Probation Violation with bail to be set at a later time.

    Posted on 1/24/2022 10:08:51 PM by DPS\cdwebb

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK22007136

    Location: Sitka
    Type: Fail to Record on Fish Ticket

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/24/22, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, contacted Ryan S. Andrews, age 43 of Sitka following a commercial salmon offload at a local processor.  Investigation revealed Andrews had retained two king salmon on board his commercial vessel which had not been reported on the fish ticket as required.  Andrews was cited for failing to record personal use fish on the fish ticket.  An arraignment is set in the District Court at Sitka. 

    Posted on 1/24/2022 11:38:42 AM by DPS\tbhall

AK Bureau of Investigation

  • AK21146350

    Location: Anchorage & Fairbanks
    Type: Prostitution Operation

    Dispatch Text:

     The Alaska State Troopers Special Crimes Investigation Unit (SCIU) conducted multiple prostitution patron stings in Fairbanks and Anchorage in January 2022 resulting in charges against 22 men that attempted to solicit sex. Troopers posed as women soliciting sex for money during the operation and contacted the men when they arrived at various locations in each community.

    Alaska law prohibits payment for sexual conduct under AS 11.66.100(a)(2). All 22 men contacted during the operation were charged with the Class B Misdemeanor of Prostitution.

    “Prostitution is not a victimless crime, and is often financially intertwined with sex trafficking, drug trafficking, violent crimes, and sexual assault,” said Colonel Bryan Barlow, Director of the Alaska State Troopers. “Your Alaska State Troopers are committed to investigating and working with our law enforcement partners to hold accountable anyone who victimizes Alaskans. The Alaska State Troopers are planning additional operations in the future to help reduce demand for these illicit services across the state.”

    During the Fairbanks operation nine men were contacted and ultimately charged.

    • Joseph Blanchard, 36, of Fairbanks
    • Scott Dayton, 24, of Fairbanks
    • Colton Joe, 25, of Northway
    • Adam Qualley, 37, of North Pole
    • Joshua Reed, 35, of Fairbanks
    • Matthew Richards, 25, of North Pole
    • William Simmons, 58, of Fairbanks
    • Jonathan Sims, 32, of Fort Wainwright
    • Gary Tomaszewski, 55, of Fairbanks

    During the Anchorage operation 13 men were contacted and ultimately charged.

    • Scott Bailey, 78, of Eagle River
    • Kenneth Carroll, 58, of Anchorage
    • Abed Fede, 40, of Anchorage
    • Giovanni Garassino, 43, of Anchorage
    • Ardijan Kabakchi, 24, of Anchorage
    • Carl Kuznicki, 32, of Anchorage
    • Ryan Morse, 34, of Fairbanks
    • Ronny Randall, 51, of Wasilla
    • Lynn Reitz, 62, of Anchorage
    • Sanh Saechao, 38, of Anchorage
    • Dakota Seibert, 24, of Anchorage
    • Kenneth Sontag, 71, of Big Lake
    • Nicholas Tabaczka, 41, of Anchorage

    If you or someone you know is a victim of sex trafficking, you can find help and resources by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1 (888) 373-7888. Or text ‘HELP’ to 233733.

    The Alaska State Troopers are constantly seeking tips and information that will aid our investigations into sex trafficking and other illegal activities around Alaska. Alaskans can submit an anonymous crime tip to the Alaska State Troopers with the AKTips smartphone app, by texting ‘AKTIPS’ followed by your tip to 847411, or online at

    Posted on 1/24/2022 4:03:38 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

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.