APD: Taco Bell armed robbery suspect had recently bailed out of jail

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A man was arrested Tuesday, after a reported armed robbery at the Taco Bell along East Tudor Road, at approximately 10:20 a.m.

According to MJ Thim, spokesperson with the Anchorage Police Department, the suspect walked into Taco Bell wearing "a black hooded jacket and a black towel covering his face." The suspect then implied he had a gun and demanded money from an employee, before running away.

Thim says "nobody saw the weapon" that the suspect implied he had.

While officers were on their way to the scene, Thim said dispatch received another report of a suspicious figure along Wright Street and Kimberlie Court. The suspicious man was allegedly "taking off his outer wear and burying it in the snow."

By the time officers arrived, the person had fled; however, Thim said police were able to find the buried clothing, which matched the description of what the armed robbery suspect had been wearing.

Police then tracked the footprints in the snow to Piper Street and Providence Drive. In that area, officers found the suspect, who Thim said, "was not dressed for the snowy weather."

Thim says the suspect is 34-year-old Gerald Spies. He faces multiple charges including first-degree robbery.

According to court records, Spies was most recently bailed out of jail almost week ago, on Jan. 31, for an unrelated incident.

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