Anchorage police are now looking for a different vehicle than the one originally believed to have been involved in a Midtown vehicular assault earlier this month that left two people injured, one of them critically.
According to APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro, officers are now looking for a red SUV rather than a red sedan in the June 1 incident, which took place in a parking lot between 524 and 540 W. International Airport Rd., near International's intersection with Arctic Boulevard.
According to Castro, detectives changed the vehicle’s description after examining a surveillance video provided by a business in the area, which didn’t want to be identified. Castro noted detectives would not disclose when they received the video.
“We really don’t have any details as to the model (or) make,” Castro said.
Castro says the vehicle’s previous identification as a sedan was based on an account by the male victim in the collision, which occurred in the early hours of June 1. The SUV’s driver -- a black man standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall, about 30 years old with buzz-cut hair -- reportedly pulled up to the couple, then got out along with a man who was a passenger in the SUV. The two had a verbal altercation with the couple, then the driver got back into the truck and ran over them.
It’s not clear yet whether APD will be able to speak with the woman, who suffered head and chest injuries and remains hospitalized.
“They had no clue who these people were,” Castro said. “There’s no indication as to the why of how this occurred.”
APD had been looking at a red sedan impounded at about 8:15 a.m. June 1 near Credit Union 1’s Anchorage headquarters at 1941 Abbott Rd., but that vehicle was subsequently determined not to have been involved in the hit-and-run.
Castro says the SUV likely suffered the same damage investigators initially suspected a sedan might have in the crash, including damage to the left front fender.
Anyone with information on the vehicle or suspects in the case is asked to call APD at 786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.
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