Man Barricaded in Captain Cook Hotel Friday Gives Up after 4 Hours

Anchorage police say that they successfully took a suspect into custody after an almost 4-hour standoff that occurred in a hotel room at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage’s downtown district on Friday.

4th Avenue and 5th Avenue between K Street and I Street was closed down after APD was notified and responded to the downtown hotel at 2:43 pm on Friday. It was reported that the man involved in the incident was armed with a weapon and had barricaded himself in the room after issuing threats against natives. The suspect was named as 52-year-old John Holman.

Holman had issued the threat, “saying he had 25 guns and wants to shoot ‘drunk Natives’”  and went on to say that he wanted APD to kill him.

The Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) and the Investigative Support Unit (ISU), which is part of APD’s Special Operations Unit worked to bring the situation to a successful end and at 6:30 pm, reported that the suspect had been taken into custody without further incident and charged with Terroristic Threatening.

Roadways were opened shortly after the incident.