Man charged with Sexual Assault, Assault, Harassment, and Disorderly Conduct
After being arraigned Oct. 31, the State District Attorney’s office filed charges against William David Ruzicka, 26, of Anchorage, for sexual assault in the second degree, two assaults in the fourth degree, harassment in the first degree and disorderly conduct. The sexual assault is a felony, and the other charges are misdemeanors.
The incident took place Oct. 30 at Alyeska Hotel. Security reported there was an injured and intoxicated male in the hotel lobby, who was bleeding profusely. Girdwood Fire Department medics and troopers from the Girdwood post arrived and contacted Ruzicka.
As troopers investigated the situation, it was revealed that Ruzicka entered a room at the hotel and allegedly sexually assaulted a female guest. A friend of the female discovered Ruzicka during the alleged assault, and the friend injured Ruzicka while stopping the sexual assault.
Ruzicka then reportedly challenged responding medics to a fight and spit in another medic’s face. Ruzicka treated his own injuries until troopers arrived on scene at which time he was placed under arrest.
A further investigation revealed Ruzicka had allegedly assaulted a male earlier in the morning. Ruzicka was transported to the Anchorage Jail where he was remanded.
Alcohol is said to have been a contributing factor in the case.
DUI, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Misconduct Involving a Weapon
COOPER LANDING—October 15 at approximately 5:52 p.m., a Trooper stopped a vehicle near mile 62.5 of the Sterling Highway for a traffic violation. The driver, Carl Odman Sr., age 26 of Ninilchik, was subsequently arrested for DUI after investigation revealed that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. Odman was also arrested for two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree because two children were traveling with him in the vehicle. Odman was also arrested for Misconduct Involving a Weapon in the Fourth Degree after investigation revealed that he was intoxicated and in possession of a pistol. Odman was remanded at Wildwood Pretrial with $2,000 bail. The Office of Children Services was notified of the incident.
DUI, Refusal, Misconduct Involving a Weapon
COOPER LANDING—October 19 at around 5:25 p.m., Trooper Dispatch in Soldotna received a REDDI report of a SUV towing a trailer stopped in the travel lane at mile 52 Sterling Highway. A Seward based Wildlife Trooper in the area responded and located the vehicle. The investigation revealed that Andrew Larsen, 31 years old of Kenai, was driving while under the influence and in possession of a firearm. Larsen also refused to submit to a chemical test. Larsen was transported to Seward Jail where he was charged with DUI, Refusal, and MIW 4.
Motor vehicle crash, damage w/ moose
HOPE—October 18 at 7:15 p.m., Troopers responded to a motor vehicle crash involving a single vehicle striking a moose. The crash was near mile 61 of the Seward Highway. Anne L. Burman, 55, of Anchorage, was traveling southbound near mile 61 when a large moose was crossing the highway from left to right. It was dark out and due to the close proximity of the moose Burman was unable to stop or avoid striking the moose. Burman was operating a late model crossover SUV type vehicle. Burman’s vehicle sustained more than $500 of heavy impact damage to the front of the vehicle. Burman and her passenger were using seat belts and there were no injuries. The dead moose was given to a charity.
GIRDWOOD—October 19 around 2:14 p.m., Troopers stopped a 2011 Dodge pickup for an equipment violation near mile 110 Seward Highway. An investigation revealed the passenger, Michael Joseph Maurer, age 35 of Anchorage, had an outstanding $500.00 arrest warrant for failure to appear, driving on a limited license. Maurer was arrested and later remanded into the Anchorage Jail.
Driving While License Suspended, Warrant Arrest
GIRDWOOD—October 19 at 3:46 p.m., Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling above the posted speed limit in a double fines safety zone at mile 92.5 of the Seward Highway. An investigation revealed the driver, who was identified as Danielle L. Larson, 28, of Soldotna was operating the vehicle on a suspended license. A further investigation revealed the passenger of the vehicle, who was identified as Donald W. Larson, 36, of Soldotna, had a no bail warrant out for his arrest for obstructing a court order. Danielle was issued a misdemeanor citation for DWLS and released on her own recognizance. Donald transported to Anchorage Pretrial where he was remanded without bail.
GIRDWOOD—October 20 at about 11 a.m., Troopers contacted Ian Daniel Hourihan, age 21 of Girdwood, at his residence located in Girdwood. Hourihan had an outstanding $1,000 arrest warrant for failure to appear, minor consuming alcohol. Hourihan was arrested and later remanded to the Anchorage Jail.
GIRDWOOD—October 20 at about 12:51 p.m., Troopers stopped a green 2003 Subaru near mile 91 of the Seward Highway after the vehicle was reported as a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately). The driver of the vehicle was identified as Vincent Lombardo, age 43 of Palmer. An investigation revealed Lombardo drove his vehicle in a reckless manner between mile 104 and 96 of the Seward Highway. Lombardo was issued a Misdemeanor Citation to appear in court for Reckless Driving and released.
GIRDWOOD—October 26 at 4 p.m., Joshua G. Hulsey, age 35 of Anchor Point, was contacted by troopers while operating his vehicle on the Seward Highway. During the course of the investigation it was determined that Hulsey was operating his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Hulsey failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. Hulsey was transported to the Anchorage Jail, where he was remanded on one count of Driving Under the Influence. Hulsey’s bail was set at $250.
GIRDWOOD—October 26 at around 8:51 a.m., Troopers responded to a residence on Hightower Road in Girdwood for the report of an assault. An investigation revealed a 35 -year-old intoxicated man believed an unknown individual assaulted him sometime in the early morning of Oct. 26. The victim suffered facial injuries and declined medical treatment. An investigation is continuing.
Motor Vehicle Collision
MILE 102 SEWARD HIGHWAY--October 30 at 3 a.m., Troopers from Girdwood Post, as well the Anchorage and Girdwood Fire Departments responded to 102.5 mile of the Seward Highway, for a report of a motor vehicle roll over. Lester Chiang, age 23 of Anchorage, was operating his vehicle when he lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway. Two of his passengers were transported to Providence Hospital in Anchorage for medical evaluation as a precaution. The vehicle was towed from the scene. Road conditions were icy at the time and contributed to the crash. No improper driving was determined. Alcohol was not a factor. The Alaska State Troopers would like to remind everyone to exercise caution when operating their vehicles this winter.