• In string of crime impacting Kenai Peninsula, troopers open Facebook page hoping for public help
Homer Tribune staff
Two men reported they were robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of the former Clamshell Lodge in Clam Gulch just before 9 p.m. July 25.
At the time they called police, the two men were chasing the suspects down the highway until it stopped near Mile 14 on Kalifornsky Beach Road. They reported to the Alaska State Troopers that the suspects had stolen $1,010 from one victim, though the stories between the victims and the suspects differ when relating the events to Alaska State Trooper James Truesdale. According to the affidavit, one of the victims and one of the suspects set a time to meet at Clamshell Lodge to pay back some borrowed money. Paul M. Larson, one of the suspects alleged during an interview with troopers that Jill C. Abear contacted one of the alleged victims to buy drugs.
In the end, Larson, 36, of Wasilla, Abear, 30, of Anchor Point, and Dessie L. Ozhuwan, 21, of Kenai, were arrested on charges alleging they committed first-degree robbery, second-degree theft and attempted murder. Larson and Abear face the additional charge of attempted murder.
The victims reported the driver, when stopped on K-Beach Road, got out of the vehicle and fired shots at them. The victims called 911 after they were shot at. The suspects, meanwhile, got back in the car and continued to drive the down the road with the victims following behind them.
A good description of the vehicle enabled Alaska State Troopers to locate the vehicle and conduct a traffic stop around Mile 4 on the Kenai Spur Highway near Soldotna. Larson, Abear and Ozhuwan were the occupants of the suspect vehicle.
The investigation is continuing.
Use Facebook to report crimes
The Department of Public Safety has made its move into social media.
On July 26, DPS launched its official Alaska State Troopers Facebook page.
Although the page name is specific to the Alaska State Troopers, it will highlight all divisions within the Department, including Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Division of Fire and Life Safety.
While social media allows the department to reach out to more members of the public, it will not replace the website for press releases.
The Public Information Office webpage and the Daily Dispatches will continue as the primary location for media releases at www.dps.alaska.gov/PIO/.
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