Teenager arrested in dual robberies

Posted: Thursday, August 21, 2003

Police arrested a 19-year-old man in connection with two armed robberies in Soldotna last week.

Michael L. Freeman of Soldotna was charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree robbery. Other charges are pending, according to Soldotna Police Sgt. Todd McGillivray.

Freeman was being held in Anchorage Jail pending other charges there, McGilliv-ray said.

Two people were robbed in two separate incidents an hour apart Aug. 13.

Three males in a car allegedly took $200 from a man near the Soldotna water tower at about 11 p.m. and an hour later, a 23-year-old woman reported the same men allegedly robbed her of $800. The male victim was treated for defensive knife wounds at Central Peninsula General Hospital and was released.

The woman reportedly knew one of the men and had gotten into their vehicle to talk with him. The other two allegedly robbed her somewhere between the Kenai River Center and the Soldotna Safeway and forced her out of the car. She was not injured.

A police investigation linked the robberies to three vehicle thefts in Kenai earlier that day. One of the stolen vehicles contained hunting gear, some of which was found in a residence on Lawton Drive in Kenai, according to Kenai Police Lt. Kim Wannamaker.

Two of the stolen vehicles have been recovered. A green Ford Taurus with Alaska license plate number CWV238 is still missing, Wannamaker said.

While at the Lawton Drive location, Soldotna police arrested Freeman on an outstanding warrant but did not implicate him with the robberies or vehicle thefts at that time.

A 17-year-old male was arrested in connection with the vehicle thefts, and police identified other suspects linked to the thefts and the robberies.

McGillivray said the investigation into the crimes is continuing.

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