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AST: Fairbanks Man Held After Taking Girl, 3, From Home

Published On: Aug 06 2014 07:13:10 AM AKDT   Updated On: Jul 22 2014 07:39:40 PM AKDT

A Fairbanks man faces assault and trespassing charges, after Alaska State Troopers say he took a 3-year-old girl from a North Pole home Tuesday and precipitated a major search in the area until he turned himself in.

According to a Tuesday AST dispatch on the incident, troopers were first informed just after 10:30 a.m. of an assault in North Pole.

“AST units responded and an investigation determined that Juan Victor Salgado Figueroa, (27), and an adult female trespassed into a residence and took custody of the female's 3-year-old daughter and assaulted two other individuals and damaged property in the process,” troopers wrote. “Salgado Figueroa and the female fled the scene with the 3-year-old child. None of the victims at the scene were seriously injured.”

Both the Fairbanks Police Department and troopers began to search for Salgado Figueroa and the woman who entered the home with him, until they turned themselves in at a local attorney’s office. Troopers spoke with the girl’s mother and located the child at a third party’s home; she was turned over to the state Office of Children’s Services.

“Although the incident involved the removal of a child from a residence, the incident was carefully evaluated and determined that it did not meet the criteria for an Amber Alert as the people involved in the incident were all known to each other and had a claim of guardianship for the child,” troopers wrote.

AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen says the case was highly visible due to the trooper search assets deployed in Fairbanks Tuesday.

“Helo-2 was up looking for these people, just for a short time,” Ipsen said. “It created a lot of attention because there were a lot of patrol cars, both trooper and police, in a very small area -- and there was a helicopter flying about.”

Salgado Figueroa was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal trespass, fourth-degree domestic-violence assault, fifth-degree criminal mischief and interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime. He was held at the Fairbanks Correctional Center, with a report forwarded to the local district attorney’s office for review.

Ipsen declined to give further details on any relationship between Salgado Figueroa and the child Tuesday, citing both the case’s classification as a domestic-violence incident and privacy concerns.

“Because it’s a convoluted case, all we have is what’s in the dispatch,” Ipsen said. “There’s still charges pending.”