A fugitive wanted on charges of kidnapping and robbery was apprehended Friday night in front of a grocery store in Anchor Point, but not before allegedly attempting to assault the arresting officers.
Fifty-one-year-old Bret Herrick was wanted in connection with an assault and robbery that took place in Homer August 3rd.
According to a complaint filed in Homer court August 5th by Trooper Dan Brom, Herrick invaded the East Skyline Drive home of Kyle Hock, armed with an AR-15 assault rifle. Herrick allegedly threatened Hock and two other people in the house before forcing Hock at gunpoint into his pickup and driving him into town.
When they arrived in town, Herrick drove to Wells Fargo bank and forced Hock to withdraw $250. Shortly after giving Herrick the money, Hock managed to duck out of the truck and escape around the back. Herrick then fled the scene in an unknown direction.
In the court complaint, Trooper Brom described Herrick as armed, dangerous and mentally unstable.
Four months later, it was Brom who finally caught up with Herrick and – along with Sergeant Jeremy Stone – arrested him outside the Anchor Point Grocery Store.
Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says the arrest was made shortly after 10 p.m. Friday night.
Peters says Brom noticed Herrick in a pickup truck in the store's parking lot. Brom quickly called for backup and soon Trooper Sergeant Jeremy Stone was on the scene. When Herrick exited the vehicle and walked into the liquor store, Troopers could see he was wearing a bullet-proof vest.
When Brom and Stone moved in to apprehend Herrick, the situation quickly escalated.
Peters says Herrick took off his body armor and charged at the Troopers. She says Trooper Brom and Sergeant Stone used their Tasers on Herrick to subdue him. Once they got him to the ground and put handcuffs on him, they discovered he was armed.
Bret Herrick has a lengthy criminal record in Alaska, including convictions for Domestic Violence and Assault. Stemming from the alleged kidnapping incident in August, he is charged with four counts of Third Degree Assault, Kidnapping, First Degree Robbery, First Degree Burglary and Third Degree Theft. After Friday night’s scuffle with Troopers, Herrick has also been charged with Resisting Arrest and two counts of Fourth Degree Assault.