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  1. #1
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    Jan 2004

    AK - Couple abducted during Big Lake robbery, 2 Feb 2013


    ANCHORAGE, Alaska—

    Two Anchorage men have each been charged with 13 felonies, including kidnapping, robbery, assault and theft, after Alaska State Troopers say they were pulled over in a Wasilla traffic stop Sunday while holding a Big Lake couple hostage at gunpoint.

    Troopers say Arthur Gray, 24, and Benjamin Lega, 19, were arrested shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, when a Wasilla police officer pulled over a Ford Explorer with faulty headlights on the Parks Highway, near its intersection with Lucille Street. Lega was riding in the vehicle with the man at the wheel, while Gray was in the back seat with the woman..............

    AST spokesperson Megan Peters says Gray’s gun in the back seat was concealed under a blanket, and the officer didn’t know he and Lega were armed until the driver was ordered to get out of the vehicle.

    “And that’s when he said, ‘Oh, just so you know, we’re being kidnapped,’” Peters said...............

    Peters says both Gray and Lega are convicted felons on probation. They were remanded at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, with Gray held on $500,000 cash bail and a third-party custodian required for release, while Lega was held without bail. Both men were scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Palmer court.........more at link...

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  2. #2
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    Apr 2013
    From an appeal dated September 2015:


    A jury convicted Arthur Qatlu Gray of thirteen felony offenses: two unclassified felonies, two class A felonies, two class B felonies, and seven class C felonies. Superior Court Judge Eric Smith sentenced Gray to a composite sentence of 60 years with 30 years suspended for these offenses.
    Couldn't find MSM, but Benjamin Lega is also in the custody of Alaska DOC; no details given:


    This was interesting; not saying there's any relation to this case, but there is a twisty story behind this little boy's disappearance:


    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has added Dashawn McCormick to its database as a missing person... Step-grandmother Judy Holmes, who lives in Big Lake with boyfriend Michael Gearing, said she hasn’t seen the boy since July 4, 2012.
    Dashawn's thread here:


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