Juneau Police Department officers search near the intersection Blackerby Street and Glacier Highway on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Juneau Police Department officers search near the intersection Blackerby Street and Glacier Highway on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Bike theft results in gunshots, but no injuries

Man stole bike off a van while owner was in van, police say

A bike theft near Twin Lakes early Thursday morning led to gunshots, according to a Juneau Police Department press release.

A little after 4 a.m. Thursday, a 42-year-old man called JPD to report that he was in his white Oldsmobile van parked on Glacier Highway when he felt it start to shake, according to the release. When the man looked outside, he saw a man taking his black and white Huffy bicycle from the top of his van. The thief told the man, “I am taking this bike,” according to the release, and the suspect then left on the stolen bike.

The owner of the bike boarded his red GMC truck and followed the suspect up Blackerby Street, yelling at him to leave the bike, he later told police. The suspect then reached into his backpack and pulled out a pistol, the release states, and fired three shots at the owner of the bike. The shots hit the passenger-side door of the truck, police say, and the driver ducked and drove away. The bike thief rode the bike away, the release states.

JPD Public Safety Manager Erann Kalwara said the victim was asleep in the van at the time of the theft, but Kalwara isn’t sure whether the man lives in the van.

No injuries were reported, as Capital City Fire/Rescue Assistant Chief Ed Quinto said CCFR did not respond to the scene. Bartlett Regional Hospital spokesperson Katie Bausler said nobody was admitted to the hospital for a gunshot wound Thursday morning.

At 4:13 a.m., two neighbors called JPD to report hearing a car spinning its tires and hearing three gunshots, according to the release. Police were on the way when they got the call from the owner of the bike telling his story.

A JPD officer intercepted the suspect on the stolen bike at about 4:30 a.m. near Craig Street, according to the release, and detained the suspect. The man was identified as John E. Gregory, a 26-year-old Juneau resident, police say. The officer took a 9mm pistol from Gregory, the release states.

Gregory has been charged with first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, fourth-degree theft and fifth-degree weapons misconduct, according to the release. He was taken to Lemon Creek Correctional Center and held without bail.

The area was closed off to traffic and was not reopened until just before 9 a.m., according to the release.

• Contact reporter Alex McCarthy at 523-2271 or amccarthy@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @akmccarthy.

More in News

Alaska lawmakers likely won’t vote on pay before election

Lawmakers are considering a proposal to reduce their expense payments, but they are not likely to vote on the proposal before the Nov. 6 general election.

William Musser waves to passing cars on the Douglas Bridge on Saturday, Sept. 22, during the Hands Across the Bridge event, which aims to spread awareness about substance use recovery in Juneau. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)
A bridge away from stigma

A few dozen gathered on Saturday on the Douglas Bridge, holding hands… Continue reading

A drug user kits with clean syringes at the Four A’s office on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Juneau’s Four A’s office in Juneau is in danger of closing because of a lack of funding, and are employing a crowdfunding approach to try and gain $15,000 by Oct. 15. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Syringe exchange in danger of going under

More than 100 people regularly use the syringe exchange, but the program could fold at the end of the year.

Mary Folletti Cruise and her daughter, Enza, watch drag queen Lituya Hart during the Besties 4 Breasties drag show fundraiser that benefitted Folletti Cruise, who has been diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer. In a few weeks, she will travel to Seattle for treatment. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)
Local woman benefits from medical fundraiser drag show

Mary Folletti Cruise’s medical fundraiser came with pulsing club music, sweeping colored… Continue reading

Violin students excited for public recital

For the first time Xia Violin Studio students are getting ready for… Continue reading

First Alaskans Institute to host public ceremony, social justice summit

First Alaskans Institute is hosting a Social Justice Summer titled “Social Justice… Continue reading

Alaska governor vows to fix ‘loophole’ in sex crime laws

Gov. Bill Walker is responding to public outrage over the recent sentencing… Continue reading

Lola Brown, 10, watches closely as a siphon pump and length of hose empties one jug of water into a jug sitting on the floor. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day included time at six different stations, and each station introduced science and engineering principles with experiments. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day causes smiles, messes

Balloon shreds and balls of masking tape littered the floor at Centennial… Continue reading

Zach Wilkinson of Tidal Vision sorts through salmon skins with and Brad Robbins, owner of Hooked Seafood Company Alaska. (Kevin Gullufsen | Juneau Empire)
Another’s treasure: How Tidal Vision grew a corporation out of crab shells

Standing outside a boutique seafood processor in Juneau on a sunny September… Continue reading

Most Read