KODIAK — State Troopers apprehended a fugitive charged with theft and burglary in Anchorage after he was spotted along Monashka Bay Road last Saturday, June 30.

Police say they found Justin Ching with a female companion. The two appeared to be hailing a ride into town.

Troopers received a call of suspicious activity around noon, according to dispatch notes.

State Trooper Frost reported to the scene.

“I got a call that there was a guy with a backpack chasing a female,” he said. “It wasn’t that at all – but I recognized him right away. I knew who it was.”

Frost said the defendant used a fake ID but was able to recognize him based on photos he had seen.

Frost said Ching had been sleeping in a tent in Kodiak in an attempt to avoid police.

“He came down to Kodiak to hide out,” he said.

Ching was charged with four felonies including first-degree theft of value greater than $25,000, and illegal possession of a handgun by a felon stemming from an incident on January 5. According to online court records, Ching’s charges have been amended to misdemeanors.

“Investigation revealed that J. Ching had been on the run and hiding in Kodiak since May,” the Trooper dispatch states.

He was transported and remanded to Kodiak jail.

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