Masked man attempts kidnapping at gunpoint in Mendenhall Valley

The Juneau Police are searching for a masked man who attempted to kidnap a woman at gunpoint on Wednesday as she walked to her car. The incident happened at 6:30 p.m. on Dunn Street, a commercial area in the valley.

This may not have been the first time the 32-year-old woman’s family had been harassed by the man. A week before, according to police press release, the victim’s husband heard a noise behind their residence on Delta Drive. When he went to check it out, he discovered a man wearing a camo hoodie and a black ski mask. The assailant pulled a gun on him, and he ran back inside.

Police searched the area but could not find the suspect, who appeared to be on foot.

Lt. David Campbell said, during Wednesday’s attack, the assailant approached the woman from behind.

“She was put into a bear hug and she resisted. She resisted and fought back,” Campbell said “When she turned around was when she noticed the guy was wearing the same mask. And he displayed a pistol. At this point, it’s only being described as a black pistol.”

The man told the woman to get into her car. When she refused, he struck her with the gun and fled towards Glacier Highway.

The police are hoping to find the assailant by his distinctive black ski mask.

“Like the knit style ski mask with something white around the mouth, like the opening. On the second incident, the gentleman was wearing a black hoodie, and the same black ski mask with white around the mouth opening,” Campbell said.

Lt. Campbell said the victim doesn’t know who her attacker is. He is described as being between 5 feet 7 and 5 feet 9 inches, skinny, with a dark complexion and large dark brown eyes.

Call the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600 if you have information.

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