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Armed fugitive arrested in hotel parking lot in Valdez

Anchorage police warned Valdez that wanted man was coming to town


Via City of Valdez

A man on the lam from Anchorage police was apprehended by Valdez police last Saturday.

Taming Ting, age 31, was arrested in the parking lot of the Best Western Hotel in Valdez after Anchorage police notified Valdez law enforcement that " an individual was headed to Valdez who was wanted by their department after ramming a patrol vehicle in Anchorage and fleeing on foot."

Anchorage police warned Valdez police that Ting was likely armed.

Court documents say Ting was later charged with weapons misconduct in Valdez, a class C felony.

Tuesday, Valdez police issued a press release stating that Ting was also in possession of illegal narcotics valued at $50,000.

"After execution of a search warrant issued for Ting's vehicle, Valdez police officers seized drug paraphernalia as well as 13.8 grams of methamphetamine, 26 grams of brown heroin, 13.2 grams of black tar heroin, and 10.5 grams of cocaine," police said. "The controlled substances were tentatively identified using field test kits and forwarded to the State of Alaska Crime Lab for positive identification. The seized drugs have an estimated minimum street value of $50,000."

Online court documents and Valdez police state that Ting is also facing outstanding Anchorage charges of "Felony Assault 2 as well as Criminal Mischief 1st degree, Felony Eluding 1st Degree, Failure to Stop at the Direction of an Officer and Probation Violation."

Court documents say Valdez police were alerted by Alaska State Troopers at around 3:20 p.m. Friday that Ting had been spotted driving through Glennallen in a 2015 Buick sedan. He was located by Valdez police at around Mile 10 of the Richardson Highway. Police state they followed Ting in the sedan to the Best Western.

"Three Valdez police marked patrol cars pulled into the parking lot to initiate a traffic stop on Ting's vehicle," police said in the charging affidavit filed with the Valdez court. "He backed away and attempted to elude officers, that was ultimately blocked in and stopped."

The documents also state that Ting had two female passengers in the car.

"Ting was placed under arrest for the warrants and admitted that he had a gun in his backpack inside the vehicle," court documents say. "Officers located a loaded 9mm Magnum Research hand gun inside Ting's backpack."

On Monday police said Ting was still in custody and was being held on a $50,000 bail with a third-party court approved custodian requirement on the new charges stemming from his arrest in Valdez.

There was no bail on the Anchorage charges and police in Valdez said additional charges against Ting are likely to be levied.

Tuesday's press release described how Ting came to the attention of Anchorage police.

"According to the Anchorage Police Department, just before 3:30 a.m. on June 8th APD officers observed a grey 2016 Chevy truck in the Diamond Boulevard area of Anchorage. The vehicle matched descriptions of that used by Ting, a felon with an outstanding warrant for his arrest," Valdez police said. "APD officers initiated a traffic stop of the vehicle. When the suspect vehicle stopped for a red light at the intersection of Minnesota Drive and West International Airport Road, an APD officer moved his patrol car in front of the vehicle to block it in. Ting rammed the patrol car with his vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. APD discontinued the pursuit due to dangerous conditions. The officer sustained minor injuries from the collision and the patrol vehicle was towed from the scene."


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