Police arrest man after girlfriend reported he pushed her out of moving car

Police arrest man after girlfriend reported he pushed her out of moving car

Boyfriend also threatened to shoot himself in front of girlfriend’s children, police say

The Juneau Police Department arrested a man after his girlfriend reported he had pushed her out of a moving car Wednesday night, according to a JPD release.

At 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, the woman called JPD to report that she had been kidnapped, according to the release, and that she had been thrown out of a moving car and was walking on Egan Drive. JPD and Capital City Fire/Rescue drove to the intersection of Egan Drive and Glacier Highway and found the woman, police say, and she was taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation. Doctors found that her injuries were not life-threatening, according to the release.

The woman told the police that her boyfriend, a 39-year-old man, was giving her a ride home Wednesday when they got into a fight, police say. The boyfriend refused to drop her off at home and told his girlfriend that he was going to take her out the road and shoot himself in the head, according to the release. The girlfriend told police that she knew her boyfriend owns and carries a semi-automatic handgun, the release states.

When the girlfriend tried to call police from the car, the boyfriend tried taking the phone and hit her in the face, according to the release. As they were approaching the intersection of Egan Drive and Glacier Highway, she told police, the boyfriend pushed her out of the car while they were going about 15 miles per hour.

While she was at the hospital, the woman got a call from her daughter who said the boyfriend had come to their house and was looking for the girlfriend, according to the release. Officers went to the home, and while they were going there, the woman called 911 again and said the boyfriend had just called her and had threatened to shoot himself in front of the children, according to the release.

Officers arrived at the house and found everybody to be safe, police say, but the boyfriend was gone. Officers found the man’s car down the street, according to the release, with a dog next to it but no man. Officers noticed that the dog was watching a nearby meadow and looked “as if it was waiting for someone to come back,” the release states, and officers searched the meadow.

Police say they found the man in the meadow and found that he had a .40 caliber handgun in a holster on his hip. They arrested him for two counts of third-degree assault, one count of fourth-degree assault and one count of interfering with someone who was reporting domestic violence, according to the release, and took him to Lemon Creek Correctional Center.


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


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