The Public Safety Report is compiled from criminal complaints filed in state and federal courts, as well as some police blotter information, trooper dispatches, fire department reports and interviews with public safety officials. Individuals named as arrested and/or charged with crimes in this report are presumed innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.


• Nelson Delbert Ross, 24, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault May 10. According to charging documents, Ross threw a bottle of alcohol at his father and punched him in the face approximately seven times. 

• Joseph Vincent Cafeo, 27, of Fairbanks, was charged with fourth-degree assault May 8 for allegedly poking a woman in the chest with a sheathed knife. The woman took the knife away and held it out of the open window. Cafeo threatened to hurt the woman if she dropped the knife, according to charging documents.

• Arasle Ramirez, 28, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree assault, driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a breath-alcohol test and reckless endangerment May 11. According to charging documents, Ramirez ran into a woman with her car and knocked her to the ground near the Midnite Mine. The woman had a skinned elbow, cuts on her feet and complained of back pain. Ramirez did not stop and was detained after a cab driver followed her and alerted Fairbanks police to her location. Ramirez had a 2-week-old child in her vehicle during the incident, according to the charges.

Failure to stop

Austin Ray Hebenstreit, 19, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer May 9 after he sped past an Alaska State Trooper on a motorcycle at approximately 70 mph and refused to pull over. Hebenstreit drove recklessly and the trooper stopped pursuing him. Hebenstreit was later arrested after pulling into the Tanana Valley Sportsman’s Association parking lot, according to charging documents. 


Chastity A. Joshua, 33, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony second-degree forgery May 9 after she allegedly altered and cashed a check made out to someone else, according to charging documents.

Multiple charges

• Robert Michael Silas, 37, of Fairbanks, was charged with second-degree assault and three counts of violating conditions of release May 8 for allegedly assaulting a woman.  

• Abigail Grayce Testa, 27, of North Pole, was charged with fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief May 9 after Alaska State troopers responded to a report, she was breaking her fathers belongings and threatening to set his house on fire. According to charging documents, Testa also chased her father around with a length of pipe. 


• Josiah William Thurston, 18, and Kali Atsuko Hertwig, 20, both of Fairbanks, were charged with felony second-degree theft May 10 for a May 4 incident. According to charging documents, Thurston walked out of Walmart with $803 worth of DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Hertwig dropped Thurston off at Walmart, picked him up and drove him to Gold Rush Trading Post. Hertwig’s location was tracked by her electronic monitoring ankle bracelet.


Tyler Ryan James Frank, 22, of Fairbanks, was charged with felony third-degree weapons misconduct May 9 after Fairbanks police found a .22 caliber Ruger Single-Six revolver in vehicle he did not have permission to drive. The vehicle’s owner said the gun was not his, according to charging documents.