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Anchorage Man Sentenced for Armed Robbery and Impersonating an Officer

October 13, 2020

(Anchorage, AK) – An Anchorage man was sentenced on Monday to 14 years and 6 months for armed robbery, impersonation of an officer, and interference with official proceedings.

Judge Michael Spaan sentenced 29-year-old Christian Andre Young to 12 years with 3 years suspended for committing armed robbery, one year for impersonating an officer, and 18 months for interference with official proceedings. He also ordered Young to be on probation for 5 years.

The charges arose in June 2016, when Young set up a hotel room appointment with an escort and then attempted to get money from her by pretending to be a police officer. When the victim did not cooperate, he robbed her at gunpoint of money and an IPad. Later, while Young was awaiting trial, Young asked his girlfriend to offer the victim money and the return of her IPad if she would drop the charges and not cooperate with the State.

After a four day trial in January 2020, Young was found guilty of all charges.

Young faced a presumptive sentence of up to 20 years. In sentencing, Judge Spaan noted that Young was previously convicted in 2012 of robbing two escorts at gunpoint in their hotel room, and was still on probation for the 2012 robbery when he committed the 2016 offense.

Judge Spaan ordered the time imposed in the impersonation charge to run concurrent with the armed robbery charge.  With this concurrent sentence and with suspended time, Young will serve a total active term of imprisonment of 10.5 years for the crimes.

Assistant District Attorney Saritha Anjilvel, who prosecuted the case, thanked the Anchorage Police for their hard work in the investigation.  Young is awaiting trial on two more felony cases, which arose while Young was on bail and awaiting trial on the robbery and impersonation charges.  He is expected to be tried once the court resumes felony jury trials after January 4, 2021. Young remains innocent until proven guilty in those cases.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Saritha Anjilvel at (907) 269-6300 or at saritha.anjilvel@alaska.gov

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Department Media Contact:Assistant Attorney General Maria Bahr at (907) 269-5285 or maria.bahr@alaska.gov.