The man sought by by Fairbanks police after a June 18th escape during an arrest has been re-captured during a multiple agency raid in North Pole in a late-night raid on Saturday night.
Fairbanks police had been searching for 28-year-old Julius “JT” Chambers since his escape last Tuesday night. He escaped their grasp on that night by slipping his cuffs under his feet and climbing into the front seat of the patrol car that he was placed in. Troopers would not locate their missing vehicle for hours. When they did locate it in the ditch on Mercer Street, Chambers was long gone.
During his short time at large, Chambers would taunt Fairbanks police via Facebook. In June 19th post, he allegedly wrote :
“Let it be known FPD LIKES TO BEAT HANDCUFFED SUSPECTS IF OFFICER (Double expletive) WASENT(sic) KNEE DROPPING MY HEAD INTO THE GROUND AND THEN TALKIN(expletive) I WOULDN’T HAVE STOLE HIS CAR AT LEAST I HONKED AND WAVED BEFORE I PULLED OFF LIKE I SAID !!!#!!!!! IF U DONT RIDE WIT ME U COLLIDE WIT ME ####### till my (expletive) casket drops for my supporters yeah BOY for.my haters (expletive)u and ill be see in Ya”
Chambers continued his posts in Facebook over the next three days. Fairbanks police would continue searching for Chambers even as he posted, following multiple sightings and leads as the week progressed.
Then on Saturday night, Fairbanks police received a solid tip on Chambers’ location, and with the assistance of Anchorage U.S. Marshals, the Alaska State Troopers and K-9 units, they closed in on the eight-plex North Pole apartment building on Newby Road.
The residents of the apartment building were contacted and evacuated from the building, then authorities contacted the people in the apartment where they suspected Chambers to be at. Soon, three people from the apartment emerged, But, they would deny for a time that Chambers was in the unit. Soon, they relented and admitted that an armed Chambers was in the apartment.
Police and K-9 units entered the apartment and would find Chambers hiding under a futon in the residence. After a brief struggle, Chambers was taken into custody.
Chambers, sans goatee and haired dyed a light color, no longer resembled his mugshot released by police last week.
Although no new charges appear in court records, Fairbanks police say that Chambers is facing at least Vehicle Theft and Escape from the incident last week.