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Residents, visitors and business owners in the Denali Borough can rest easy after the arrest last night of an Anchorage man accused of stealing from local businesses. Posts on a community Facebook page alerted people in the local area to a string of troubling incidents at local businesses in the Nenana River Canyon just outside the park’s entrance.
At approximately 11 p.m. on July 19, 2018, National Park Service rangers responded to a request for assistance from Alaska State Troopers to question a 33-year-old man in the parking lot of the Denali Bus Depot (at the Wilderness Access Center). Police had been searching for Kaki Janek, of Anchorage, in connection with thefts at local businesses. Janek allegedly was in possession of several stolen items and attempted to flee when park rangers contacted him. He was arrested and remanded to the Fairbanks Correctional Center.
Janek was arraigned in district court today on one count of theft in the second degree (felony) and theft in the third degree (misdemeanor). He was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 30, 2018.
Last updated: July 23, 2018