A 22-year-old Ketchikan man who allegedly threatened Alaska State Troopers and evaded arrest Monday was apprehended Tuesday afternoon by Ketchikan Police Department officers at an Austin Street home.
According to Deputy Police Chief Josh Dossett, police received an anonymous tip Tuesday afternoon that Herman Brown III was hiding at 201 Austin, the home of a family friend.
“Ketchikan Police Department responded, surrounded the residence. We approached and made contact with the resident there, who confirmed that Mr. Brown was inside,” he said. “Officers entered the residence and took him into custody without incident.”
Dossett said it appears Brown was unaware that police knew he was at the home, and officers took him by surprise.
Multiple law enforcement agencies in Ketchikan had been searching for Brown since about 7:45 p.m. Monday. He allegedly threatened troopers with what he claimed was a bomb before escaping into the nearby forest.
According to an online report, Alaska State Troopers contacted Brown during a traffic stop near Mile 7.3 North Tongass Highway. Troopers tried to arrest Brown on three felony warrants. Troopers say that Brown fought with troopers at the scene, and produced what looked like a handheld explosive device. He allegedly said that it was a bomb.
Troopers say they broke contact with Brown, and tried to get bystanders to back away from the area while Brown ran into the woods.
Dossett said police didn’t find anything that looked like a bomb when they arrested Brown.
“We did not locate the item that was described,” he said. “There was nothing with him that met that same description.”
Dossett said Ketchikan Police Officers arrested Brown on the three felony warrants. Additional charges related to his alleged actions Monday are likely.
This story has been updated from the original report.