U-Med manhunt ends in arrest of man wanted on warrant

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A man has been apprehended in connection with an alleged armed robbery, according to Anchorage Police and the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The university sent out emails overnight to students on campus telling them to be aware of their surroundings and report anyone matching the description of a suspect.

Anchorage Police Department issued a community alert asking the public to avoid the University Lake, APU and Goose Lake areas around 1:30 a.m. Friday. The alert did not include more specific information.

UAA's email included the following:
"APD is looking for a suspect in an armed robbery [...] who fled on foot from APU area east of Elmore and Providence. Suspect is a (sic) older Hispanic male, heavyset, wearing a blue hoodie and red baseball cap, possibly armed with a handgun."

Later at around 5:50 a.m., UAA issued another alert-style email, notifying students that Anchorage police "has the suspect in custody at this time."

APD spokesperson MJ Thim told Channel 2 Friday that following the manhunt, Felipe Ibarra, 46, was arrested and taken into custody.

Ibarra was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant, Thim said, as well as eluding police. However, whether he's indeed connected to the armed robbery mentioned by UAA is under investigation.

The reason that the armed robbery was mentioned refers to the origin of the call. A tip came in to APD that a man matching the description of an armed robbery suspect was seen driving in the area of 5th Avenue and Karluk street.

Later, that same vehicle was spotted by police at 36th and Old Seward, where the driver, Ibarra, blew through a red light and tried to escape police.

Thim says the public was asked to avoid the area, in order for SWAT, ISU and K-9 teams to track the man after he abandoned his car and entered the woods on foot.

APD says that Ibarra was not arrested on any armed robbery charges, and whether he is connected to the initial armed robbery tip is still under investigation.

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