Suspects in attempted armed robbery apprehended in Anchorage

Summer Suydam left and Benjamin Bodi right.

Two Kodiak residents who fled the island after allegedly attempting an armed robbery were apprehended in Anchorage on Wednesday afternoon, according to Alaska State Troopers. 

Benjamin Bodi, 37, and Summer Suydam, 39, face multiple felony charges after allegedly breaking in to a Kodiak residence on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve. The two suspects fled the scene of the crime after they were confronted by a resident. They left Kodiak by ferry on Jan. 1.

According to the report, Bodi and Suydan were taken into custody by officers of the Anchorage Police Department around 3 p.m. on Jan. 8. Bodi attempted to flee on foot and was quickly apprehended by police officers. Members of the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit and Kodiak High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area assisted with locating and apprehending the suspects.

Sgt. Daniel Blizzard of the Alaska State Troopers Kodiak Post said troopers are now in the process of applying for warrants to continue the investigation, including search warrants for the suspects’ property and DNA samples.

Blizzard said the suspects boarded the ferry from Kodiak on foot. However, troopers received a tip indicating that the suspects were traveling in Anchorage in a vehicle. The tip assisted the Anchorage Police Department in locating and apprehending the suspects.

According to Blizzard, a third individual was with the suspects when they were apprehended. Further information about the third individual was not available

Drugs are believed to be involved in the case, including in the initial attempted break-in, Blizzard said.

Suydam and Bodi are in custody at the Anchorage Jail and face arraignment hearings at the Anchorage Jail Courthouse on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. All charges are filed through the Kodiak Court, meaning that Bodi and Suydam may eventually return to Kodiak to face trial. 

Bodi faces charges of attempted murder in the first degree; first-degree robbery; and two counts of second-degree assault.

Suydam faces charges of first-degree robbery; first-degree burglary; third-degree assault; and violation of conditions of release, a misdemeanor.

The charges came after a Kodiak resident reported that he had been assaulted by two masked people at his Spruce Cape residence on Dec. 31 around 4 p.m. One of the suspects discharged a firearm during the assault. The resident said he was able to fight off the suspects and they left the area on foot. 

Troopers located Bodi and Suydam at a residence on St. Elias Court later that day. Neither admitted to any involvement in the incident. Due to a lack of visual identification of the suspects, they were not arrested at that time.

Bodi and Suydam left Kodiak on the ferry on the evening of Jan. 1. An arrest warrant for the two  was issued by the Kodiak courts on Jan. 2. Bail for Bodi was set at $100,000. Bail for Suydam was set at $50,000.

Suydam was on probation for a felony charge of misconduct involving controlled substances, filed on Oct. 24, 2019.

This is a developing story.



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