Kodiak resident Tyler Green was arrested recently after allegedly making threats to shoot himself and another person in town, being involved in a hit-and-run accident at the Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport, and trying to steal a vehicle in the parking lot of Olds River Inn where he was apprehended, according to a court affidavit.
The Aug. 20 incident started when the Kodiak Police Department was contacted by a woman on Erskine Avenue who reported that a man asked her “to shoot him, then threatened to shoot her,” and then he threatened to jump off Near Island Bridge. The man then got into a white pickup truck and sped away, court documents allege.
But not before getting into a fight and saying he wanted to be killed, according to the woman. The affidavit also says the man allegedly “nearly ran over the woman.”
KPD responded to the call but was unable to locate the vehicle.
According to the affidavit, another person alleged that her vehicle was rear-ended by a white pickup truck in front of the Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport that same night around 9:16 p.m. The woman reported that the driver of the vehicle that rear-ended her did not stop after the accident.
Alaska State Troopers responded to the scene of the collision, where they observed that the rear-ended vehicle’s rear windshield had been destroyed and the rear bumper and tailgate damaged. Occupants in the rear-ended vehicle said they were not injured, according to the court affidavit.
The driver of the rear-ended vehicle told Troopers that she had observed a white pickup coming up behind her vehicle. It allegedly was swerving, accelerating and had left the travel lane multiple times before making contact. According to court documents, the driver said she believed the other vehicle was trying to pass her before the collision.
Troopers recovered a black piece of material that was later “matched” to damage on the grill of a white Ford F-250 pickup truck, court documents indicate.
While looking for the vehicle in question, a Trooper reported receiving a call from another person saying a white F-250 with front-end damage had been seen near the Little Store in Bells Flats.
Troopers found the truck in question just before 10 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the Olds River Inn at Mile Marker 30 of Chiniak Highway. Troopers allegedly observed a male next to a local resident’s vehicle “lying on the ground with his hands tied behind his back with rope.”
According to the affidavit, owners of the vehicle allege that the male attempted to steal the vehicle while their 16-year-old son was in the back seat. They claim they pleaded with the man and then struggled to pull him from the vehicle before eventually spraying him.
Troopers claim to have identified the tied-up man as Green, and detained him with handcuffs after removing the rope. Green was moved to a patrol car, where Troopers say they began neutralizing the bear spray by pouring water on his face.
Green was transported to the hospital by medics. Troopers applied for and were granted a search warrant through an Anchorage on-call magistrate and were allowed to take blood samples from Green to test for alcohol. Results were not available at presstime.
Green was medically cleared from the hospital and transported to the City of Kodiak jail late on the night of Aug. 20. Troopers said in their affidavit that while conducting the blood samples, Green would “periodically blurt out that he was sorry, that he did drive the vehicle, that it was like ‘Tokyo Drift’ while doing it, and that it was fun or called it a joy ride.”
According to the affidavit, Green also allegedly “made admissions that he was drunk or had been drinking.”
Witnesses later identified Green from a line up as the person they had encountered that night.
Green faces one felony charge of Assault 3, one felony charge of vehicle theft, misdemeanor reckless driving, two charges of misdemeanor Assault 4, one felony count of Robbery 2, and a misdemeanor case of driving under the influence of alcohol.
He made his first felony appearance on Aug. 21, and his case is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
Attorney Bridget Lynn, Green’s public defense lawyer, declined comment when contacted by a KDM reporter.