Woman on trial for weapons misconduct steals own gun from evidence box during trial

MikeHattsu

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A woman on trial for pulling out a loaded pistol inside an Alaska bar last year faces new charges after authorities say she stole the gun from an evidence box inside the courtroom.

Tiffany Flenaugh, 29, [...] was arrested on Oct. 21, 2018, at a downtown Fairbanks bar and charged with assault, weapons misconduct and resisting arrest. A bartender concluded she was intoxicated and refused to serve her. Prosecutors say she pulled out a .45-caliber handgun, waived it around, fought with three bouncers and fought with police officers who responded.

At the trial Tuesday, Flenaugh’s unloaded pistol had been introduced as evidence and secured with a zip tie, Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Chuck Inderrieden said. The gun was in an evidence box near the judge’s bench.

During a break in the jury trial, only Flenaugh, a prosecutor and a clerk were in the courtroom.

Witnesses say Flenaugh approached the evidence box and reached for it until the assistant district attorney told her to stop.

Flenaugh left the courtroom and walked outside. Police say she carried out the gun and hid it in snow.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor and the clerk looked in the evidence box and discovered that the gun was missing. They alerted judicial services officers, who called police.

Police arrested Flenaugh as she tried to re-enter the courthouse.
 

MistaTwo

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Oct 24, 2017
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She really just went out and buried the damn thing in the snow. What the hell.
 
Oct 28, 2017
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I can't even imagine how you would think that you could get away with that lol; does she have the mind of a five year old?
 

Khoryos

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I can't even imagine how you would think that you could get away with that lol; does she have the mind of a five year old?
You've got to figure living in Alaska does things to your mind - pertpetual darkness,, lethal temperatures, all the sasquatches - I was going to say Windigo, but apparently they're found further east?
 

mclem

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'm mostly shocked that this is even possible; the idea that a defendant can be left mostly unattended with the evidence accessible to them.