Suspects arrested in armed robbery of Fairbanks theater

Posted: Monday, February 04, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Fairbanks police arrested three men on charges they robbed a multiplex theater at gunpoint early Sunday morning.

Mario Wriston, 18, Dennis Lindsay, 19, and Maurice Wiggins, 18, all of Fairbanks, were each charged with one count of first-degree robbery and two counts of first-degree kidnapping.

Police were notified of an armed robbery at the cineplex at 5:44 a.m. Investigators say four men wearing hoods accosted a theater employee as she was leaving the building through an employee exit. One of the men was armed with a handgun.

Fairbanks Police Sgt. Jim Geier said one of the men stood guard outside the door while the other three took the employee to the cinema manager's office. There, they encountered another theater worker.

The suspects tied up the two employees using telephone and electrical cords before fleeing with cash.

One of the theater employees was able to untie themselves quickly and was able to see the getaway car, a black Hyundai. Alaska State Troopers, UAF police and airport police were called in to help with the subsequent investigation and search.

At about 6 a.m., Fairbanks police located the Hyundai on 16th Avenue and spotted two men who matched the description of the suspects leaving the 16th Avenue location in a taxi. Police stopped the taxi and arrested Wriston and Lindsay.

Police said the two men ientified a third suspect, Wiggins, who was arrested at his apartment. All three men were being held at the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

Police executed search warrants on the Hyundai and on Wiggins' apartment, seizing money, a gun and other evidence.

A fourth suspect remains at large. Police would not disclose whether they know his identity.

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