From: Lieutenant Krag Campbell
Case or Incident: #210406-006
On 04/06/21, at about 1:38 PM, the Juneau Police Department attempted to serve an arrest warrant on 21-year-old Benjamin Devin Parson at a residence in the 8400 Block of Nugget Drive. Parson was wanted on a felony arrest warrant for violating a court order, due to him failing to report to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.
Officers obtained information that Parson was inside a van on the residential property. Police had previously received information that Parson may have recently been in possession of a .45 caliber handgun, so additional safety precautions were taken. It was also believed that another female may be inside the van with Parson.
Over the next couple of hours, officers attempted to communicate with Parson inside the van, but were unsuccessful. Additional law enforcement units, including Alaska State Troopers and a JPD Crisis Negotiator responded to the area to assist.
Increased communications began and soon afterwards, Parson began speaking with police from inside the van. After about another 15-minutes, Parson and the female exited the van without further incident. Parson was placed under arrest per his warrant and taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Officers obtained a search warrant for the van and no firearms were located inside.
While officers were at the residence attempting to locate Parson, they located another person who was wanted on several warrants, 34-year-old Scott Louis Whiteley. Whiteley was placed under arrest for his warrants, which were seven misdemeanor warrants totaling $700; all related for failing to appear or conditions of release violations.
During this incident, the section of Nugget Drive near the residence was blocked off to allow police units to work safely.
All factual allegations contained in this release are based upon preliminary investigation and are subject to change or clarification as the investigation continues. Any charges reported in this release are merely accusations and all persons named in this release are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.