Police arrest two men in Anchorage vandalism spree

Posted: Monday, February 25, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- An Anchorage man helped catch two suspected vandals who were arrested early Monday morning in connection with an overnight spree that left more than 50 vehicles with broken windows.

Jason Fowler, 18, and Joshua Dickenson, 22, were charged with second-degree criminal mischief and were in custody at Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility, police said.

Police spokesman Ron McGee said the two men are suspected of shooting metal ball bearings at cars with a slingshot, beginning at about 9 p.m. Sunday. The two were driving a red 1983 Olds Cutlass, McGee said.

The men were arrested after a man saw them shoot out the windows of his car at about 2:45 a.m. Monday, McGee said. The man, Robert West, said he followed the pair in his car and saw them shoot out the windows of another car before they reached the end of a cul-de-sac.

West said he approached the Cutlass and tried to take the keys while they were backing up. When the Cutlass got stuck in a snowbank, West pulled the keys out of the ignition, and said ''You're mine.''

West then called police from a nearby house and waited for officers to arrived.

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