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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:07 pm | Updated: 9:07 am, Tue Jun 24, 2014.

10:30 a.m. Wednesday update:

Fairbanks police say they are now pursuing the fugitive in the Chena Pump Road area near Geist Road. In the most recent Facebook post, police again said not to approach the suspect and to call 911 if he is seen. 

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10 a.m. Wednesday update:

As of 8 a.m. today, the fugitive remained unaccounted for, said Lt. Dan Welborn with the Fairbanks Police Department. He said police are pursuing leads related to the man's whereabouts but don't want to release new information out of concern for jeopardizing the investigation.

Welborn said Tuesday night's attempted arrest started on the 1200 block of 29th Avenue. After climbing through the center panel of a police Ford Explorer, Julius "JT" Chambers drove the vehicle for a few blocks and into a ditch on Mercier Street between 28th and 29th avenues, he said. Police set up a perimeter and brought in a police dog but were unable to find Chambers Tuesday night, he said. 

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FAIRBANKS - Fairbanks police are warning of a potentially dangerous fugitive who allegedly escaped arrest and briefly stole a police vehicle Tuesday night in South Fairbanks.

Police responding to a report of a disturbance on 29th Avenue Tuesday evening arrested 28-year-old Julius "JT" Chambers, who had an arrest warrant, according Fairbanks city spokeswoman Amber Courtney.

Chambers didn't stay arrested.

He got away and stole a police vehicle, which he ditched a few blocks away, according to a news release from the city. The vehicle was undamaged.

At about 8 p.m. the Police Department sent out a Nixle email and mobile device public message asking people to call 911 if they saw Chambers but to not approach him if he was sighted.

Police described Chambers as a white man who is 5-foot-5 and was wearing a black "Keep Calm and Chive On" hoodie. He might still be wearing handcuffs, the message said. He no longer has the goatee that he had in the photo police distributed, police said. The message listed the intersection of 28th Avenue and Turner Street.

A police news release later added that Chambers should not be approached because he is known to carry a weapon.

As of press time Tuesday night, Courtney said Chambers had not been apprehended. Comments on the Internet stating that Chambers had been caught seemed to follow the expiration of the Nixle message, she said.

Phone calls to the Fairbanks Police Department requesting more information about the original disturbance that led to Chambers' arrest were not immediately returned.

Online court records indicate that Chambers, identified by his birth date, had a no-bail arrest warrant issued on May 21 for an alleged probation violation in a 2008 case. In that case he was originally charged with kidnapping for an attack on his ex-girlfriend and later pleaded guilty to assault, according to Daily News-Miner archives. It was his fourth conviction for an assault on the same woman in four years.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7572. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.

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