Man fires at police, escapes in crowd

Posted: Monday, September 30, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A suspect in an armed robbery fired at officers Friday night while a man suspected of being his partner sat in a police car.

Nobody was injured. The suspect got away with an unknown amount of cash, jewelry and watches taken at gunpoint from a jewelry store, police said.

Police arrested driver David Pulu, whose age was unavailable. The teen-ager was arraigned Saturday.

Pulu was charged as an adult with first-degree robbery, a felony that carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

He was being held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

Pulu and another young Samoan male used a handgun to rob the jeweler around 7:30 p.m. Friday, said police Sgt. Rick Shell.

Two officers caught up with the pair in a Ford Bronco not far from the store, according to Shell. But even before the Bronco stopped, the passenger jumped from the vehicle and bolted. Officers nabbed Pulu and put him in a patrol car.

They heard a few quick pops but didn't immediately recognize the sound as shots, probably because the suspect was far away and firing a small-caliber weapon, Shell said.

''Then the officers started hearing bullets whiz by their heads,'' he said.

When more officers converged on the scene, a crowd gathered. The suspect apparently escaped in the crowd of onlookers.

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