Update: Sitka Police Department have taken armed robbery suspect into custody

    Sitka Police Department is trying to locate 19-year-old John Brannon Horner-Raffaele. Photo courtesy of SPD.

    Sitka, Alaska (KINY) - Sunday around midnight, SPD received a report of an armed robbery that occurred at Ernie's Old Time Saloon.

    Update 03/19/2023 5:00 p.m.: Horner-Raffaele has been taken into custody.

    Original 03/19/2023 10:42 a.m.  

    19-year-old John Brannon Horner-Raffaele and a 17-year-old juvenile entered Ernie’s Saloon and demanded money from the establishment.

    Bar patrons attempted to stop the individuals from leaving the scene and it was reported Horner-Raffaele brandished a firearm, pointing the gun at the patrons before fleeing.

    The juvenile was apprehended and taken into custody.

    Horner-Raffaele is considered armed and dangerous.

    If anyone has information regarding Horner-Raffaele’s whereabouts, please contact the Sitka Police Department at 907-747-3245 or the anonymous Crime Line at 907-747-8980.

    All factual allegations contained in this release are based on preliminary investigation and are subject to change. Any charges in the release are accusations and all persons named in this release are innocent until proven guilty.

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