Troopers catch theft suspect after 4-hour standoff in AP

Dellan Vanbuskirk in a 2016 mug shot. (Photo courtesy Homer Police)

Dellan Vanbuskirk in a 2016 mug shot. (Photo courtesy Homer Police)

A four-hour standoff in Anchor Point on Tuesday night that involved Alaska State Troopers and a Special Emergency Response Team ended without incident when troopers arrested a man wanted for vehicle theft.

Troopers found Dellan Vanbuskirk, 32, hiding underneath his trailer, and arrested him for first- and second-degree vehicle theft and third-degree criminal mischief, all felonies. Vanbuskirk also had an arrest warrant related to December 2017 charges of first- and second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, first-degree vehicle theft and first-degree criminal trespass. No one else was in the trailer during the standoff.

The sight at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday of trooper and SERT vehicles — including an armored Bearcat assault truck — with sirens screaming and heading south on the Sterling Highway lit up social media on Tuesday afternoon. The SERT staged at the Anchor Point Post near Chapman School and troopers later surrounded Vanbuskirk’s home on La Duquesa Lane near Mile 154.5 Sterling Highway.

Mike Barrett, who lives with his wife Colleen near La Duquesa Lane, said Colleen had been driving home when she heard a voice on a loudspeaker say, “This is the Alaska State Troopers. You are surrounded.”

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