Alaska Kidnapping/Abduction Laws

In Alaska, kidnapping is an unclassified felony.  According to Alaska Stat. § 11.41.300, a person commits the crime of kidnapping if s/he restrains another by secreting and holding them in a place where the restrained person is not likely to be found or under circumstances which expose the restrained person to a substantial risk of serious physical injury.  The restraining person should have intention to:

  • hold the restrained person for ransom, reward, or other payment;
  • use the restrained person as a shield or hostage;
  • inflict physical injury upon or sexually assault the restrained person or place the restrained person or a third person in apprehension that any person will be subjected to serious physical injury or sexual assault;
  • interfere with the performance of a governmental or political function;
  • facilitate the commission of a felony or flight after commission of a felony;
  • commit an offense of sexual abuse upon the restrained person or place the restrained person or a third person in apprehension that a person will be subject to an offense of sexual offense.

In Alaska, an important element of kidnapping is restraint.  However, the evidence of restraint necessary to establish kidnapping must go beyond that which is incidental to the underlying offense.[i]

According to Alaska Stat. § 12.55.125 a person convicted of kidnapping shall be sentenced to a definite term of imprisonment of at least five years but not more than 99 years.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety is a law enforcement agency focusing on the protection of life, property and wildlife resources.

Alaska Department of Public Safety


[i] Alam v. State, 776 P.2d 345 (Alaska Ct. App. 1989)


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