Psycho in Anchorage lasts 26 hours before being caught

This is a discussion on Psycho in Anchorage lasts 26 hours before being caught within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Police chase ends 26 hours of violence By JAMES HALPIN and LISA DEMER Anchorage Daily News Published: December 3, 2007 Last Modified: December 3, 2007 ...

Results 1 to 13 of 13

Thread: Psycho in Anchorage lasts 26 hours before being caught

  1. #1
    Distinguished Member Array SubNine's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Anchorage Alaska
    Posts
    1,969

    Psycho in Anchorage lasts 26 hours before being caught

    Police chase ends 26 hours of violence

    By JAMES HALPIN and LISA DEMER
    Anchorage Daily News

    Published: December 3, 2007
    Last Modified: December 3, 2007 at 11:59 PM

    Christopher Erin Rogers Jr. says he hacked his father to death with a machete in Palmer, stole his dad's truck, fled to Anchorage and continued a 26-hour crime rampage that left two dead and four others injured because he was angry with his family, according to charges filed Monday.

    After two killings Sunday, he kept hunting because he "just wanted to kill a few more people," he told police.

    The rampage came to an abrupt end Monday morning when Rogers, 28, carjacked an SUV and led police on a high-speed chase across Northern Lights Boulevard that ended with police ramming the SUV - a violent end to the violent binge.

    After his arrest, Rogers told police he was angry over his treatment by family members before the Palmer attack, but said the attacks in Anchorage were largely random, according to a police affidavit filed in court.

    He is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder in the first degree, though more charges, including injuring a police officer, are likely after a grand jury examine the case, Anchorage District Attorney Adrienne Bachman said.

    The mayhem began before sunup Sunday morning, according to court records.

    5:25 A.M. SUNDAY

    Christopher E. Rogers, 51, and his girlfriend, Elann Moren, 55, spent the day Saturday at home on Gunnysack Road in Palmer. Rogers' son, known as Erin, was with them. She and Rogers Sr. went to bed after dinner, she told police.

    When Moren awoke, Erin was standing above her, slashing her with a machete and saying, in effect, "You made me do this," an affidavit filed by Alaska State Troopers in Palmer says. By the time Moren called 911 to report the machete attack, Rogers' father was dead.

    Before she left for Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, Moren told troopers that she thought Erin took some or all of unspecified prescription medication she had.

    After his capture Monday, Rogers Jr. told police he was angry with his father and Moren. Many of his family members thought poorly of him, he said, and treated him badly.

    Troopers arriving at the scene Sunday morning couldn't find Rogers Jr. or the weapon that inflicted the injuries. They contacted local police departments and told them to be on the lookout, Trooper Col. Audie Holloway said.

    Rogers Jr. was already on his way to Anchorage in his father's black truck. He later told police killing his father with a machete took a lot of energy and that he should have "just shot them" but he couldn't find his father's gun.

    He did find the gun, and lots of ammunition, in his father's truck as he drove into town. He ditched the truck and the machete in town near a gas station. He kept the gun and went prowling for new wheels.

    10:36 A.M. SUNDAY

    Neighbors walking their dog along the 4300 block of Lois Drive found Jason Wenger, a 27-year-old graduate student at the University of Alaska Anchorage, slumped in his idling green Bronco in his driveway near Spenard Builder's Supply.

    They first thought he needed medical help, then called police when they saw he wasn't breathing.

    Rogers told police he shot Wenger, who was sitting in the driver's seat. He planned to steal the Bronco but the shots were louder than he expected and he worried the neighbors might see him if he took the time to get Wenger's slumped body out of the Bronco and get himself in.

    He "did not want to take on the whole neighborhood," he told police, so he ran away.

    Neighbors reported hearing shots between 7 and 8 a.m., but they saw the idling car and dismissed them as possible backfire, according to court documents.

    Wenger worked for ASSETS Inc., helping people with disabilities, his graduate adviser Jo-Ann Mapson said. A straight-A student, he was at work on his thesis, which he planned to complete in the spring.

    A BREATHER

    A fleeing Rogers made his way through neighborhoods on foot toward downtown Anchorage, he told police. He tired and took a nap in some woods. When he woke up, he bought a pack of smokes and a bottle of beer, then set out to find another victim, he told police.

    He wasn't worried about getting caught anymore, he said. He "just wanted to kill a few more people along the way."

    7:20 P.M SUNDAY

    Elizabeth Rumsey, 33, was walking home on a bike path near Westchester Lagoon after volunteering for the Anchorage International Film Festival at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub, said her friend Rachel James, who was talking to Rumsey on her cell phone at the time.

    "We were catching up on her weekend," said James, who is Rumsey's backcountry ski partner.

    A law clerk for the Alaska Supreme Court, Rumsey had just won the Wilderness Woman Contest in Talkeetna, James said.

    Rumsey was only a few blocks from her home when "she crossed paths with a tall, thin man who made her nervous," according to the charging document. Over the phone, James heard Rumsey tell someone the time.

    "All of a sudden she screamed several times and the phone went dead," James said. She called a neighbor to go check on her friend, then called Rumsey's cell phone. A woman at the scene picked up and said police and medics were on the way.

    Rumsey, shot in the back, was rushed to Alaska Regional Hospital, where she was initially listed in critical condition.

    Rumsey's friends are keeping a round-the-clock vigil outside her hospital room and said Monday evening they think she is doing well.

    7:05 A.M. MONDAY

    Only a few blocks away from where Rumsey got shot, Tamas Deak, 43, walked out of his home near 16th Avenue and K Street to start his car and let it warm up while he was getting ready for work. Rogers was watching.

    Deak is a landscape architect born in Hungary. He's married with two young children, said Michael Prozeralik, president of KPB Architects, where Deak has worked since 2002.

    As Deak got out of his car to go back inside, Rogers approached him. He had learned from his earlier mistake, he told police, and this time around, he waited for Deak to get out of the car before he shot him multiple times in the arm and torso.

    Rogers sped off as Deak lay on the ground, yelling for his wife.

    A bullet "did nick a lung," Prozeralik said, but no major arteries were hit. "The prognosis is pretty positive," he said. Deak "should have a full recovery."

    When police received the call about the attack on Deak, every available officer and detective - at least 50 - began the hunt for Rogers, who investigators were beginning to see as a part of the bigger picture, said Anchorage police Lt. Paul Honeman.

    7:29 A.M. MONDAY

    Anchorage police spotted Deak's gray 1990 Jeep Wagoneer at the intersection of DeBarr Road and Bragaw Street and began their pursuit, Honeman said. Rogers refused to pull over, leading them south on Bragaw to Northern Lights, where he ran a red light and turned eastbound.

    With a growing string of cruisers in pursuit, it became clear Rogers wasn't planning to stop for police, and the decision was made to stop him with force, Heun said. Two officers rammed their cars into the Wagoneer near Northern Lights and Lily Street, just shy of Boniface Parkway.

    One officer injured his knee during the wreck.

    Rogers told police he intended to shoot some officers, but his .357 revolver "just clicked" when he pulled the trigger.

    Police found five live rounds in the gun, and plenty more in Rogers' jacket.

    WRAP-UP

    Rogers, a construction worker who lived in Anchorage, has a lengthy criminal history here and in the Mat-Su area - including charges of assault, harassment, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence, and attempted arson, according to court documents. Though he's been in and out of jail, he's never been in for long, according to the Department of Corrections.

    Even before the Palmer attack, troopers had an outstanding warrant for Rogers' arrest. With 2,119 warrants to wrangle, troopers have to choose who to look for. A probation violation warrant is not at the top of their list, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said. The original charge in that case was driving under the influence.

    A public defender was appointed Monday to represent Rogers, Heun said. He is being held without bail for the Palmer charges, and on $1 million cash-only bail for the crimes he is accused of in Anchorage, Bachman said.

    He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Anchorage on all the charges, she said.



    I am so glad he was caught! This one hits really close to home for me, I am so glad I carry everyday.
    USMC rule # 23 of gunfighting: Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

    I am the God fearing, gun toting, flag waving conservative you were warned about!

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    VIP Member Array ccw9mm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    26,142
    Bail, for two counts of murder with a proven history of flight from the law. Stupid is as stupid does.
    Your best weapon is your brain. Don't leave home without it.
    Thoughts: Justifiable self defense (A.O.J.).
    Explain: How does disarming victims reduce the number of victims?
    Reason over Force: The Gun is Civilization (Marko Kloos).
    NRA, GOA, OFF, ACLDN.

  4. #3
    Senior Member Array Herknav's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Waypoint 0
    Posts
    986
    Glad it ended OK. I just left Elmendorf in April.

  5. #4
    New Member Array robt2k's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    5
    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Bail, for two counts of murder with a proven history of flight from the law. Stupid is as stupid does.
    He is being held without bail for the Palmer charges, and on $1 million cash-only bail for the crimes he is accused of in Anchorage, Bachman said.

    The first will keep him locked up, and the second would also effectively do the same.

    Do they at least have the death penalty in AK?

  6. #5
    VIP Member Array glock27mark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    clinton township
    Posts
    2,170
    wow, and i thought our morning newscast was bad.
    (SHERIFF BUFORD T. JUSTICE) "what the hell is
    the world coming too"

    NRA LIFE MEMBER

    U.S. ARMY FT.SILL, OKLA.

  7. #6
    VIP Member Array grady's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Near St. Louis, Missouri
    Posts
    2,837
    Rumsey was only a few blocks from her home when "she crossed paths with a tall, thin man who made her nervous,"
    Her instincts were right. Too bad she didn't follow up on them, or have an option where she could protect herself.

    Over the phone, James heard Rumsey tell someone the time.
    I've read several instances where a criminal will engage in a seemingly innocent conversation just before they strike. This guy didn't care about the time, he apparently just wanted to get close enough to shoot her.

    As Deak got out of his car to go back inside, Rogers approached him. He had learned from his earlier mistake, he told police, and this time around, he waited for Deak to get out of the car before he shot him multiple times in the arm and torso.
    Deak is fortunate to be alive. I wonder if better situational awareness could have helped him. Being shot was probably the last thing on his mind that morning.

    Rogers told police he intended to shoot some officers, but his .357 revolver "just clicked" when he pulled the trigger.

    Police found five live rounds in the gun, and plenty more in Rogers' jacket.
    I wonder if he had a dud round, or one empty cylinder.

    Perfect examples of how violent crime can unexpectedly come out of nowhere.

  8. #7
    Senior Member Array digitalexplr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Jefferson City, MO
    Posts
    914
    There are wack jobs everywhere! To bad someone had not been able to take this guy out sooner before he had injured so many.

    If somone asks you why you carry, hand them this story. You never know where or when this type of individual will pop up.

  9. #8
    VIP Member Array farronwolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    4,768
    Quote Originally Posted by Herknav View Post
    Glad it ended OK. I just left Elmendorf in April.
    How the heck is it OK when 2 people died and 4 others were hacked up? What would have been OK is if his dad had stopped him before he got started.

    I just hope that he doesn't end up in a mental institution instead of a prison cell for the rest of his life. He can get mental help from inside the prison if he needs it.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
    www.ddchl.com
    Texas CHL Instructor
    Texas Hunter Education Instructor
    NRA Instructor

  10. #9
    Member Array imatt's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    311
    These are the kind of people the death penalty is designed for.

    However, we can be sure some scum lawyer will argue the "not guilty by reason of insanity" plea.


  11. #10
    Distinguished Member Array lacrosse50's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    SW Ohio
    Posts
    1,283
    Definitely a reason to carry. I wonder how the anti's will spin the story....
    The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
    -Herbert Spencer

    NRA Life Member

  12. #11
    VIP Member Array Janq's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    6,781
    Quote Originally Posted by lacrosse50 View Post
    Definitely a reason to carry. I wonder how the anti's will spin the story....
    Agreed, and they won't.
    They'll just ignore this story altogether.

    - Janq
    "Killers who are not deterred by laws against murder are not going to be deterred by laws against guns. " - Robert A. Levy

    "A license to carry a concealed weapon does not make you a free-lance policeman." - Florida Div. of Licensing

  13. #12
    VIP Member Array LongRider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    2,618
    Quote Originally Posted by Herknav View Post
    Glad it ended OK. I just left Elmendorf in April.
    People died good people. More were hurt badly and will suffer for it the rest of thier lives. The scum bag is alive. There is a good chance that the citizens of Alaska will have to pay his room and board for the rest of his life. How is that a good ending?

    This is one of the many examples of why I could never be a LEO. How anyone after seeing this kind of mayhem could let the scum bag make it to a jail cell is beyond me. You guys live up to a standard of ethics I can not even begin to comprehend. The crap you guys see I know I would end up in a jail cell. As tough as a shooting someone is. It has to be harder to know that creeps like this and baby killers will be laughing braggging about what they did.
    Abort the Obamanation not the Constitution

    Those who would, deny, require permit, license, certification, or authorization for me to bear arms are as vile, dangerous & evil as those who would molest, abuse, assault, rape or murder my family

  14. #13
    Distinguished Member Array USPnTX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    1,760
    Rogers told police he intended to shoot some officers, but his .357 revolver "just clicked" when he pulled the trigger.

    I am wondering if the LEO's fired at all? I would assume that he jumped out of the SUV and pointed his weapon at the officers. How that didn't end up in his timely demise is odd!
    "Do not fear those who disagree with you; fear those that do and are too cowardly to admit it" - Napoleon

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Greetings from Anchorage, Alaska.
    By Altac6 in forum New Members Introduce Yourself
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: February 28th, 2011, 06:49 AM
  2. G&U - Psycho killer taken down in Jacksonville
    By shockwave in forum In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: October 16th, 2010, 01:36 PM
  3. Psycho hammers subway passenger
    By ExSoldier in forum In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Replies: 35
    Last Post: September 11th, 2008, 10:15 PM
  4. Anchorage AK - What to do?
    By Pete in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: June 25th, 2007, 08:50 PM
  5. Another risk of setting off a psycho
    By peacefuljeffrey in forum Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: April 22nd, 2007, 12:29 PM

Search tags for this page

ak police northern lights chase
,
anchorage architect car jacked
,
anchorage psychos
,
anchorage, ak police make arrest at boniface and northern lights
,
bad driver boniface anchorage alaska black blazer
,

couple caught counterfitting in anchorage ak

,
did somebody get killed at 8026 e. 16th ave #2 anchorage
,
i have several hours to kill in anchorage, ak; can i leave my suitcase and go into town?
,

michael prozeralik anchorage

,
mike prozeralik
,
mike prozeralik anchorage
,
psychos anchorage
,
sidney hit by car, during shoot out on bragaw st, anchorage
Click on a term to search for related topics.