A 28-year-old Kodiak man tried to evade police by jumping from a second-story hotel window and swimming across a river before being arrested Tuesday morning. Alaska State Troopers, backed by city police officers, Coast Guard Military Police and a probation officer arrived at the Comfort Inn looking for Benjamin Bodi who had an outstanding warrant for violating felony probation.
Bodi had failed to check in with his probation officer over the past four weeks and had left his last known residence without notice, said Trooper Dennis Dupras.
Upon seeing police, Bodi went out a back window, down the side of the roof and leapt from a window. He then fled into the woods with police in pursuit and swam across the Buskin River before police reached him on the other side.
“By that time he was too cold to resist,” Dupras said.
Bodi was arrested without further incident and taken to Kodiak City Jail. He was checked by medics and treated for mild hypothermia but did not require hospitalization, Dupras said. A corrections officer said Wednesday Bodi remained in custody.
Further information on the man’s criminal history was not available. Dupras did not say why he was on probation in the first place. He is due back in court for felony violation of parole. Dupras said no further charges are likely to be filed.