A 23-year-old man reportedly vandalized five vehicles and caused thousands of dollars in damage to a downtown restaurant early Saturday morning after a night of drinking.
Alex Scott Ferry is charged with felony first-degree burglary, three counts of felony third-degree criminal mischief and four counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Fairbanks court Sunday, Fairbanks police responded to First Avenue at 5:16 a.m. for a report of a man hitting vehicles and breaking into a restaurant. Ferry “seemed confused but cooperative” and had just been cleared by EMTs. His breath-alcohol content was 0.156.
The door to the El Dorado Mexican restaurant was broken out and the interior had sustained “massive damage” including broken windows, tables and doors, according to the complaint. The restaurant’s owner estimated the damages to be approximately $10,000 to $20,000.
Outside the restaurant, a 2019 Ford Expedition had two broken side windows and dents all over the body. A 2016 Ford Fiesta had a broken window and a severely dented roof.
A 2018 Subaru Impreza had a broken rear window and a 2018 Ford Escape had damage to a back hatch door. A 2017 Ram 3500 pickup truck with a camper had sustained damage to the camper door, according to the complaint.
Damage to the vehicles was estimated at a total of $3,070.
Ferry told police he began drinking at Eielson Air Force Base at 5:30 p.m. the night before. He “vaguely remembered” taking an Uber to the Red Fox Bar and Grill with some friends but after that things became unclear and he didn’t remember much, according to the complaint.
Ferry said he remembered doing “destructive stuff” and kicking a door while looking for help, but everything else felt like a dream.
A witness told police he saw Ferry hit several vehicles with a chair before using the chair to break the restaurant’s door. The witness heard Ferry yelling and breaking things inside the restaurant for five to ten minutes. Ferry then left the restaurant and “gave himself up” to the witness, according to the complaint.
A second witness told police Ferry came to his Fourth Avenue home and tried to kick in his door. The lock was damaged and the door had a crack through its center. Damage was estimated at $400.
An earlier version of this story described Ferry as being a resident of Eielson Air Force Base. That information was obtained from the charging document. An Eielson public affairs officer later told the Daily News-Miner that Ferry is not stationed at Eielson but is a visiting participant in the current Red Flag-Alaska exercise.
Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime.