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APD Names Suspect Arrested After Bomb Threat, Standoff

Published On: Jan 15 2014 07:22:48 PM AKST   Updated On: Jan 16 2014 10:06:36 AM AKST

APD, SWAT, EDO respond to armed man barricaded in home


Anchorage police have identified the man taken into custody Wednesday night after a standoff which involved callouts of APD's SWAT team and bomb squad.

According to APD spokesperson Jenifer Castro, 44-year-old David Chau has been charged in Wednesday's barricaded-subject incident.

“Chau has been charged with one count of terroristic threatening in the second degree,” Castro wrote in a Thursday statement. “He was remanded to the Anchorage Jail and is scheduled to be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.”

APD spokesperson Anita Shell dismissed Chau's alleged claim to have had a bomb, but declined to say Thursday whether he was armed.

Channel 2's Chris Klint contributed information to this story.

"He reported to police that he had a gun and he had a bomb," Shell said. "That's not information we're going to release, but he did not have a bomb."

The standoff began when police attempted to serve Chau court paperwork at his home, on the 1600 block of Eastridge Drive, at about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Chau retreated inside his home, telling police he was armed and "may have a bomb," Castro said, and he barricaded himself inside his home.

A SWAT team and explosive ordinance disposal were called to the scene. Police evacuated neighboring units as they engaged with Chau.

The standoff ended when Chau was taken safely into custody safely around 7:20 p.m.

Explosive ordnance disposal units remained on the scene for any possible explosive devices, but found none.