An Ester man charged with attempted murder after he repeatedly shot at and rammed into another vehicle with his SUV told Alaska State Troopers he chased the victim because she was attempting to “cyber attack” his home.
Anthony Lee Frey, 34, admitted to chasing the victim with his vehicle, according to a trooper affidavit. Frey did not know the other driver, an adult woman.
The incident occurred around 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 8. A woman called troopers to report that another driver was ramming her vehicle as she headed south on Henderson Road. She had been parked on the side of Henderson Road looking at a map when she saw headlights behind her. The victim, who was driving a Jeep SUV, stated she tried to move out of the way, but the other driver rammed into her vehicle.
She attempted to escape, but the other driver continuously rammed into her car, at one point so hard that it spun 180 degrees. Frey then allegedly shot at the Jeep with his semiautomatic rifle; troopers found at least 11 bullet holes in the back of the victim’s vehicle. “[The victim] stated she was afraid the suspect was going to kill her,” the document reads.
Troopers were in the process of tracking down the suspect when Frey called to report that someone was parked outside of his house attempting to “cyber attack” his home. Frey gave the victim’s license plate number to troopers, who went to his residence.
Law enforcement found that Frey’s Ford Explorer SUV had extensive front end damage, including bullet holes in the hood consistent with him shooting his own vehicle.
“Frey admitted to trying to confront the person and admitted to chasing the person,” the document reads. Additionally, Frey showed law enforcement a video where he is chasing a dark colored SUV. He explained that he was “chasing the vehicle because it was parked next to his residence and he thought someone was hacking into his electronic devices.”
Frey was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time, trooper spokesperson Austin McDaniel said.
The Fairbanks District Attorney’s Office announced last week that they charged Frey with first degree attempted murder. “[Frey] used his vehicle and attempted to forcefully ram [the victim’s] vehicle off the road multiple times in an area with steep, dangerous terrain. [Frey] fired a weapon at [the victim] and her vehicle, striking the vehicle at least 11 times. [The victim] was nearly struck by multiple projectiles which passed in close proximity to her head ... ” the complaint reads.
The sentencing range for first degree attempted murder is five to 99 years.
In addition to attempted murder, Frey is charged with first degree misconduct involving weapons, two counts of third degree assault, third degree criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.
This is Frey’s first criminal charge in Alaska, a records check shows.
Frey is currently being held on $500,000 bail. Frey’s next court date is a preliminary hearing on Jan. 4, 2022, at the Rabinowitz Courthouse.