Metro Creative Connection stock image

Metro Creative Connection stock image

Man attempts to escape from Troopers van after arrest for multiple burglaries

William Eric Moy, suspected on three burglaries, was briefly on the run in Lemon Creek

Two days after he was arrested as a suspect in three burglaries, a Juneau man attempted to escape while being transported from his court hearing to Lemon Creek Correctional Center, according to law enforcement agencies.

The Juneau Police Department arrested William Eric Moy Jr., 25, Monday, according to a JPD press release. Moy was identified as a person of interest in a trio of burglaries this month, police say. Moy was arraigned at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to electronic court records.

About 2:33 p.m., according to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch, Moy and other inmates were riding in a Troopers transport van to LCCC. Just before the van reached Anka Street in Lemon Creek, Troopers say Moy kicked out the side security window screen and door window, jumped through the opening and fled on foot.

The Troopers dispatch did not mention Moy by name, but JPD Lt. Krag Campbell confirmed that it was Moy who kicked out the window and fled.

Troopers, JPD, Alaska Wildlife Troopers and Alaska State Park Rangers all responded to the scene, according to the Troopers dispatch. They established a perimeter and began searching for Moy, who was still wearing belly chains and an LCCC inmate uniform, Troopers say.

About 20 minutes later, Moy was found hiding in an abandoned car on Jenkins Drive and taken back into custody without incident, according to the dispatch. Troopers estimate that the damage to the van is more than $3,000.

Moy was being held on three counts of second-degree burglary, three counts of second-degree theft, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, one count of third-degree theft and one count of resisting or interfering with arrest, according to the JPD release. After Wednesday’s escape attempt, Moy was additionally charged with escape and criminal mischief.

Police say Moy was a person of interest in three burglaries, the first of which was reported Aug. 6. The Scuba Tank, a dive shop on Airport Boulevard, reported that the business had been burglarized and about $2,000 worth of equipment was stolen, according to the release.

Four days later, Southeast Extinguishers — a fire and emergency safety store also on Airport Boulevard — reported that the business had been burglarized, police say. The store reported that the back door had been damaged when the suspect forcibly entered. The replacement cost of the door was estimated at about $3,000, according to the release, and cash and other property valued at about $2,000 had been stolen as well.

Three days after that, Southeast Extinguishers reported another burglary where a suspect broke an exterior window, according to the release. The window was valued at about $1,000, and a .22-caliber revolver and $525 in cash was also reported stolen, police say.

This Monday, which was a week after the second Southeast Extinguishers burglary, JPD tracked Moy down at a motor home in the 8400 block of Nugget Drive, according to the release. Moy tried to escape out a back window, police say, but they were able to stop him and arrest him.

JPD detectives served a search warrant on the motor home, according to the release, and found stolen property related to several different burglaries.


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


More in News

The Aurora Borealis glows over the Mendenhall Glacier in 2014. (Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Aurora forecast

Forecasts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute for the week of Nov. 27

Juneau State Sen. Jesse Kiehl, left, gives a legislative proclamation to former longtime Juneau Assembly member Loren Jones, who stepped down last year due to term limits, following Kiehl’s speech at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce’s weekly luncheon Thursday at the Juneau Moose Family Center. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Cloudy economy, but sunnier political outlook lie ahead for lawmakers, Kiehl says

Juneau’s state senator tells Chamber of Commerce bipartisian majority a key to meaningful action

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Hunter credits community members for Thanksgiving rescue

KENAI — On Thanksgiving, Alaska Wildlife Troopers released a dispatch about a… Continue reading

The snowy steps of the Alaska State Capitol are scheduled to see a Nativity scene during an hour-long gathering starting at 4 p.m. Friday which, in the words of a local organizer, is “for families to start their Gallery Walk in a prayerful manner.” But two Outside groups dedicated to placing Nativity scenes at as many state capitol buildings as possible are proclaiming it a victory against the so-called “war on Christmas.” The head of Alaska’s Legislative Affairs Agency, which has administrative oversight of the building, said the gathering is legal since a wide variety of events occur all the time, often with religious overtones, but the placement of a fixed or unattended display is illegal. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)
Scene and heard: Religious freedom groups say Nativity event makes statement

State officials say happening planned for Capitol relatively common and legal.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Thursday, Dec. 1

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Steve Lewis, foreground, and Stephen Sorensen from the Alaska State Review Board scan ballots from precincts where they were hand counted at the Division of Elections office Nov. 15. Board officials spent the period between the Nov. 8 election and its certification Wednesday performing about 20 different to verify the results. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
Election certified, but challenges pending

Outcome of at least two state House races unknown, which may determine chamber’s leadership

Errol Culbreth and Scotlyn Beck (Polichinelles) rehearse ahead of Juneau Dance Theatre’s production of “The Nutcracker.” The immensely popular ballet is coming to the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Friday through Sunday. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
Juneau Dance Theatre is ready to get cracking

“The Nutcracker” is set to run Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In this photo provided by the National Transportation Safety Board, NTSB investigator Clint Crookshanks, left, and member Jennifer Homendy stand near the site of some of the wreckage of the DHC-2 Beaver, Wednesday, May 15, 2019, that was involved in a midair collision near Ketchikan. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that the Federal Aviation Administration should tighten rules about minimum visibility during flights and require more weather training for pilots who fly around Ketchikan.  (Peter Knudson/NTSB via AP)
Safety board recommends new measures for Alaska air tours

The board wants regulations for Ketchikan similar to requirements in Hawaii and the Grand Canyon.

(Michael Penn / Juneau Empire File)
Police calls for Wednesday, Nov.30

This report contains information from law enforcement and public safety agencies.

Most Read