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Anchorage Man Indicted in Robbery and Assault Prosecution

July 27, 2016

On July 26, 2016, 41 year old Jason Christian Vukovich was indicted for a series of violent crimes he allegedly committed between June 25, 2016 and June 29, 2016. Vukovich was indicted on counts of robbery, burglary, assault, and theft for a June 25, 2016 incident in which he allegedly robbed and assaulted Charles Albee, and for a June 27, 2016, incident in which he allegedly robbed Andres Barbosa and threatened him with a hammer. Vukovich was also indicted on counts of robbery, assault, burglary, and theft for a June 29, 2016, incident in which he allegedly assaulted Wesley Demarest and threatened Stanley Brown with a hammer.

On June 26, 2016, Anchorage Police Department officers investigated a report of robbery that had occurred the prior evening. Charles Albee reported having been assaulted and robbed in his apartment by a man with shoulder length hair in a black leather jacket. The man identified Albee by name and stated he was there because Albee was registered on the Alaska Sex Offender Registry. Albee reported the man had a notebook containing a list of names.

On June 27, 2016, police responded to a report of a robbery at the apartment of Andres Barbosa. Barbosa reported a man with shoulder length hair and a black leather jacket identified him by name and threatened him with a hammer. Barbosa reported the man assaulted him with his hands and told Barbosa he was there because of his past crimes. The man was accompanied by two female associates.

On June 29, 2016, police responded to a report of a man wielding a hammer breaking into the home of Wesley Demarest and Stanley Brown. The man reportedly told Demarest he found him on the Alaska Sex Offender Registry. Demarest was discovered to have been struck multiple times in his head and body with a hammer, resulting in serious physical injuries.

Responding officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Vukovich in the immediate vicinity of Demarest’s home. During a search of the vehicle, police reportedly found a notebook containing the names of Charles Albee, Andres Barbosa, and Wesley Demarest. Items reported stolen from all three incidents were also discovered.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent. The State must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, Vukovich faces a presumptive sentence of up to 20 years on three class A felonies, up to 10 years on four class B felonies, and up to five years on eleven class C felonies. Sentencing is determined by the court’s evaluation of the circumstances of the offense and the defendant.

Vukovich will be arraigned in the Anchorage Superior Court on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Vukovich’s bail was previously set at $10,000.00 cash performance, $10,000.00 cash/corporate appearance, plus a court approved third party custodian for the assault on Demarest.

Contact: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov.

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