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Police: Man Ran Into Lake To Avoid Jail

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File photo of man walking on a frozen lake.  (credit: Feng Li/Getty Images)

File photo of man walking on a frozen lake. (credit: Feng Li/Getty Images)

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (CBS Seattle/AP) — Anchorage police say a young man who didn’t want to return to jail ran out onto the uncertain ice of an Alaska lake to escape officers armed with an arrest warrant.

Police spokeswoman Dani Myren says officers were sufficiently concerned about the thickness of the ice covering Cheney lake that none of them wanted to venture onto it. So a standoff ensued.

KTUU-TV reports that police negotiators and Fire Department dive teams were staging on the lakeshore when the young man finally surrendered late Thursday afternoon.

“At some point, someone identified this address as associated with this gentleman,” Myren told the station.

Myren says officers went to a home earlier in the afternoon to serve 19-year-old Siaosi Sila with a warrant alleging failure to comply with probation conditions. The spokeswoman says Sila saw police as he approached the home in a vehicle, bailed out and headed for the lake.

“Basically, he’s parked out there on the ice,” Myren added to KTUU. “The salient issue is that he doesn’t want to go back to jail.”

It wasn’t immediately clear why he was on probation.

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