The man accused of killing a 23-year-old Anchorage man at a trailer park earlier this month was charged with murder on Friday – and was involved in a protracted SWAT patch situation with police a few days after the shooting.
Brad Robert was trying to help two women when he was fatally shot on November 11, according to indictment documents filed in the case.
The man accused of shooting him, 29-year-old Anthony Tinker, was not immediately identified or arrested by police but instead ended up in a hospital for psychiatric treatment before being released and immediately embarking on a crime spree came, which ended with a SWAT patchoff, the prosecutors said.
Tinker was charged with murder on Friday, two weeks after the fatal shooting. Police did not immediately respond to questions about the cases Monday.
The shooting was reported just before 1am on November 11 when officers were called to Block 900 of Chugach Way.
Robert heard a disturbance outside involving two women and a man, and he believed the women were in distress, according to a summary of police reports written by Assistant District Attorney Cody Tirpak and attached to the charges.
He went outside to help the women but was shot dead by the man, later identified as Tinker, the summary said. The women and tinkers ran out of the area, Tirpak wrote.
According to the synopsis, surveillance footage showed the group running from a parking lot on the 3800 block of Indiana Street, less than a block away, before and after the shooting.
Almost a week after the shooting, on November 17, police spoke to the two women who lived in the area, according to the indictment.
The women told police that Tinker, who is related to them, was acting erratically just before the shooting and ran away from their home, so they followed him, the summary said.
The women saw Tinker shoot Robert, the prosecutors said, and they said they all then ran back onto Indiana Street. Tinker left the house and returned at least twice to change and took the firearm with him, the summary said.
Officers encountered Tinker three days after the shooting when police were called to the 3200 block of Minnesota Drive around 5:30 p.m. on November 14. Police said at the time that Tinker was “screaming and appeared to be suffering from a mental episode; The caller indicated that she was afraid of Tinker’s behavior.” According to a criminal complaint filed by a police officer who was charged against Tinker in a separate case, Tinker provided the officers with a false name.
He was taken to the psychiatric ward at Providence Alaska Medical Center by police and eventually released. The complaint does not say if he was looked after, but he was given a voucher for a taxi ride.
Tinker was picked up from the hospital by a taxi driver that night, and video from the ride showed him refusing to get out of the vehicle after it arrived at its destination, Sullivan Arena. The cab driver got out of the vehicle and Tinker got into the driver’s seat and drove away, according to the complaint.
Police responded to a collision on East Sixth Avenue and Fairbanks Street with the stolen cab at 9:22 p.m., the complaint said. Tinker had fled the area when police arrived.
He went to a cannabis store several blocks away from the accident and pointed a handgun at a woman waiting in the passenger seat of a car in the parking lot, the complaint said. The woman got out of the car and Tinker stole it, police said.
The victims reported the robbery just before 10 p.m. and police found the car a wrecked car half an hour later, about 4 1/2 miles from where it was stolen, according to the complaint. The car drove into a parked semi-trailer, the officer wrote in the ad.
Tinker went into an apartment on the 2400 block of Bentzen Circle with a gun around 9:45 p.m. and ordered everyone to leave, police said. He then barricaded himself in the apartment.
Police launched a SWAT response and eventually used gas, a 40mm and dogs to apprehend Tinker, the complaint said. The response took more than four hours.
Tinker was taken to Alaska Native Medical Center for injuries. He had a broken forearm and underwent surgery for a laceration in his leg and was scheduled to stay in hospital for several days, the complaint said.
Police said the circumstances under which Tinker obtained the pistol are being investigated.
Tinker was charged with robbery, vehicle theft, burglary, assault, larceny, criminal mischief and resisting arrest for the crimes leading up to the SWAT patch situation.
On Friday he was charged with first-degree murder, double count of second-degree murder and evidence tampering.