ANCHORAGE — A suspect in the rape of a police officer's daughter, confronted by a mounting manhunt in Northwest Alaska, turned himself in Friday night after four days on the run, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Officials say Kotzebue resident Jason Douglas Black, 26, surrendered about 8:30 p.m. after a family member persuaded him to give up. He was arrested without incident on charges of first-degree sexual assault and third-degree assault.
Black had been wanted since the sexual assault in Kiana on Monday but dodged capture at every turn -- at least once by turning an AR-15 rifle on a police officer -- as he sped between villages on possibly stolen snowmachines with the rifle slung on his back, according to troopers.
Local, state and federal authorities added forces to the hunt this week as the manhunt escalated. The nonprofit Maniilaq Assoc. offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to Black's arrest, and troopers on Friday sent reinforcements of snowmachines, aircraft and officers -- including seven members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team -- to aid in the search, troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said.
"This is a very large area to cover," Ipsen said of the deployment. "The biggest thing was we wanted to get him in custody because he was causing a threat."
According to documents filed in Kotzebue court, Black and the adult daughter of a police officer were in a Kiana home drinking R & R whiskey and Hawaiian Punch on Monday morning when Black raped the woman, who repeatedly told him to stop but was too intoxicated to stop the much larger man.
The woman's father reported the assault to troopers about 12:30 p.m. Monday. But when troopers arrived in the village, Black had already sped off on a snowmachine with the AR-15 rifle.
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