Troopers: Man robbed, assaulted K-Beach hitchhikers

A man was arrested on charges of assaulting and robbing two male hitchhikers he gave a ride to from a Kalifornsky Beach Road convenience store, Alaska State Troopers reported.

Sterling resident Travis Lee McHone was arrested and booked into Spring Creek Correctional Center on Friday night on charges after he was pulled over near Anchor Point for driving a vehicle matching the description the hitchhikers gave troopers.

Troopers reported that about 9:30 p.m. McHone, 25, allegedly threatened the hitchhikers and demanded they provide him money. Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters said the men gave McHone some money, but he became angry when they didn’t provide him more. The hitchhikers then showed him an empty wallet and McHone became angrier, Peters said.

McHone then alledgedly pulled a club out from under his seat and began to hit them. Peters said the hitchhikers, who were not identified, fought back and overpowered the driver by putting him in a headlock. When the driver pulled over, they fled the vehicle leaving groceries, a cell phone and other items, Peters said.

McHone, was charged with two counts each of second degree robbery, kidnapping, third degree assault, and one count of evidence tampering and third degree theft.

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