By all measures, it was a banner week for Alaska’s Julius “JT” Chambers. In just a few short days, the Fairbanks resident blazed a wild trail of criminal mischief and conquest, setting a new benchmark for all future townie degenerates to aspire to.
Sporting a black hoodie reading “Keep Calm and Chive On,” the tattooed 28-year-old boosted a police cruiser while handcuffed and made a getaway. Then he relentlessly taunted authorities about it on Facebook while he was on the lam. And somewhere along the way, he also found the time to fall in love with the woman who hid him in her apartment.
It was an epic run while it lasted for the larger-than-life Chambers, who barely tops 5-foot-5. Too bad it all had to end with him behind bars Saturday night.
Fairbanks police first collared Chambers following reports of a domestic disturbance on June 17. Cops at the scene ruled the dispute not to be a crime. Still, they handcuffed the Chambers and placed him under arrest on a probation violation warrant.
Chambers wouldn’t remain in custody for long. Despite being cuffed, the crafty criminal managed to bring his hands out from behind his back, crawl from the back of the patrol cruiser into the driver’s seat and hit the gas, according to police. Later, during one of his Facebook dispatches while in hiding, Chambers provided his own colorful explanation for the brazen escape.
“IF OFFICER FUCK FUCK WASENT KNEE DROPPING MY HEAD INTO THE GROUND AND THEN TALKIN SHIT I WOULDN’T HAVE STOLE HIS CAR,” he wrote on June 19. “AT LEAST I HONKED AND WAVED BEFORE I PULLED OFF.”
Chambers ditched the cruiser and went on the lam. But he didn’t need to go too far. As authorities launched a statewide manhunt, the now-fugitive hoofed it a mere 15 miles to the town of North Pole, where Cindy Seurer, a reported longtime friend, invited him to hide in her apartment.
There, Chambers managed to make himself at home. He cooked pork chops and kicked it with Seurer’s 14-year-old daughter, she told the Fairbanks’ Daily News-Miner on Tuesday. Seurer also revealed that during his four-day stay she and Chambers had started dating. All the while, he didn’t bother to keep a very low profile. Instead, the fugitive took to Facebook to taunt and threaten authorities in a series of searing and sometimes hilarious posts.
As it turns out, Chambers also used his social media account to announce that he and Seurer had started going steady. That may not have been such a bright idea. Authorities swarmed Seurer’s apartment late on Saturday night, and a police dog named “Skippy” located Chambers hiding in a closet underneath a futon and a pile of clothes, KTUU News reported.
This time, there would be no epic escape from custody. Chambers remained jailed Tuesday without bail at Fairbanks Correction Center. But here’s the upshot: He now has Seurer by his side.
“I love JT and I’m going to stand by him no matter how long it takes him to come home,” she told the Daily News-Miner.