A purse-snatching suspect that shot a woman in the right hand Tuesday afternoon was arrested by Anchorage police - blocks away from the scene of the crime.
Police alleged that 25-year-old Alejandro Aulman snatched a 37-year-old woman’s purse and shot her in the hand around 4:30 p.m. in Fairview.
The victim told police that she asked for a ride by a man she did not know in a white SUV. Aulman demanded her purse and pistolwhipped her in the face and shot her right hand with a handgun.
The victim left the SUV and called police near 10th Ave. and Latouche Street by the old Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center at 1231 Gambell St. She was taken to a hospital and treated for injuries.
Police canvassed the neighborhood and reviewed surveillance video from someone near 10th and Latouche that showed the vehicle in question.
Aulman was tracked to his residence near the 1200 block of Nelchina St. and a background check revealed that he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and was on probation for second-degree robbery.
Police found evidence associated with the robbery near and inside the suspect's home. Charging documents revealed that a white Mercury Mountaineer had a bullet hole in the windshield and pooled blood on the passenger's side door and a bloody handgun was found at the residence.
Aulman was arrested on the outstanding warrant along with additional charges of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.
Original: Anchorage police responded Tuesday afternoon to a Fairview address after a woman was shot in the right hand by a driver who offered her a ride, then tried to steal her purse.
APD spokesperson Anita Shell says the woman, in her thirties, had asked for a ride in a vehicle driven by an Alaska Native or Hispanic man with dark hair. The man then tried to take her purse, however, and she was shot with a handgun when she got out of the vehicle near the old Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center at 1231 Gambell St.
Police received an initial call about the shooting at 4:32 p.m., arriving at the scene shortly afterward. The woman was taken to a local hospital with the bullet still lodged in her hand.
Investigators were taking photos of details at the scene early Tuesday evening, including an apparent bloodstain on the pavement.
No initial description of the suspect's vehicle was available, and the case is under investigation.
This is a developing story. Please check KTUU.com and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.
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