Fairbanks Escapee Runs from Law Second Time

Authorities are still seeking the whereabouts of Michael Bracht. Image-Booking photo
Authorities are still seeking the whereabouts of Michael Bracht. Image-Booking photo

Alaska State Troopers are once again searching for 38-year-old Fairbanks resident Michael Bracht who fled his Court Approved Third Party Custodian just hours before he was to remand himself to serve his jail term.

Bracht had initially escaped from the North Star Center on August 19th of last year. After his escape, Bracht took Fairbanks police and troopers on a wild high-speed chase for 25 minutes through Fairbanks streets. After the chase, Bracht holed up in the Just-a-Store on Chena Pump Road. It was at that location that Bracht would participate in an armed stand-off with authorities for over ten hours. During the stand-off, Bracht threatened to end his life and that of his girlfriend, Kaylyn Nelson. Only after Northern SERT was called in with their “Bearcat,” did that stand-off come to an end.

On January 19th, 2015, Bracht appeared in Fairbanks Court and pleaded “Guilty” to reduced charges. According to troopers, part of the plea deal allowed Bracht to be released to a Court Approved Third Party Custodian for 12 hours before turning himself in to serve his time. Bracht had initially been charged with four counts of Assault III, Criminal Mischief, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangerment, and Failure to Stop at the Direction of an Officer.

On Wednesday at 6:47 pm, the Alaska State Troopers were informed that Bracht had fled his CATP on Geist Road.

Troopers initially believed that Bracht was in the company of Kaylyn Nelson, troopers also believed that Nelson was driving a green Suburu with an unknown license plate. On Wednesday, troopers revealed that they had, in fact, been in contact with Nelson and the vehicle was accounted for.

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Troopers ask that anyone with the whereabouts of Bracht to call 911. Troopers say Bracht is considered dangerous and should not be approached.