Carlton Tarkington, age 23, and Kyon Watson, age 27, were arrested on Oct. 25 charged with robbery at gunpoint in front of a residence on Mercy Drive in Eagle River. The two charged allegedly monitored an ATM withdrawal at an Eagle River fuel station and then followed their intended victim to his home. Police reports indicate the two charged were each driving an SUV.
The victim is a young adult male. For privacy reasons, the Anchorage Police Department is not releasing any further information regarding the victim’s identity.
According to police reports, the two charged allegedly pointed a gun to the victim’s head and shoved him down to the ground. The two charged took the $500 cash the victim withdrew from the ATM and the victim’s cellular phone, which was used to track the whereabouts of the two charged.
“He (the victim) was extremely shaken up, but no reports of any major physical injuries,” according to Jennifer Castro, APD communications director.
Castro did not know if the victim’s cash had been returned to him. It was seized as evidence during the arrest of the suspects.
Castro said police do not believe the victim knew the suspects.
“The victim appeared to have been targeted as a crime of opportunity by the suspects,” Castro said, adding that prevention of this type of crime is very difficult.
She said the victim did everything correctly from using a well-lit, public place with lots of people around to withdraw money to gathering information about his attackers during the event.
“The victim did a phenomenal job gathering as much suspect information when they were being robbed and contacted police as soon as it was safe to do so,” Castro said. “The victim did all of the right things and police were able to quickly apprehend the suspects because of the victim’s good information.”
Tarkington and Watson were arrested at the Tesoro fuel station parking lot at 545 Muldoon Road in Anchorage. APD transported them to the Anchorage Jail where bail was set at $25,000 plus a third party custodian.