Anchorage police arrest suspects in holdup

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Two 20-year-old men were arrested shortly after a man was robbed outside a south Anchorage bank Sunday morning.

Byron J. Snyder and Alexander L. Neesmith were charged with robbery, assault, evidence tampering and theft. They were jailed with bail set at $10,000.

Police said that just after midnight, the night manager for the Arby's Roast Beef Restaurant on Lake Otis Parkway was making a deposit of the store's proceeds at a branch of Wells Fargo Bank on Dimond Boulevard.

A man carrying a rifle and wearing a mask similar to one worn in the movie ''Scream'' stepped from the bushes. The masked man demanded money and took a deposit bag containing cash and checks. The masked man fled in a pickup truck.

The night manager went to a Carr's grocery store, called police and gave a description of the getaway truck.

A patrol officer a few minutes later spotted a 1982 Datsun King Cab pickup truck in the driveway of a home. As he approached the truck, he noticed a ''Scream'' mask in the bed of the pickup truck.

Snyder and Neesmith were contacted and arrested.

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