Police seek suspect in stabbings that left one man dead

"Targeted attack" claims one life; other victim wounded.

Anchorage Daily NewsAugust 26, 2012 

Anchorage police were searching Sunday for a suspect in a double stabbing that happened late Saturday night in Fairview.

One of the victims died; the other was treated and released from a local hospital. The suspect and both victims are men, police said.

The killing happened around 10:40 p.m. at 11th Avenue and Hyder Street, police said. The suspect and the man who died knew each other and had some kind of dispute, but detectives aren't releasing details, police Lt. Dave Parker said. Police believe they know who the suspect is. Residents described him and said he lives in or frequents the Fairview area, Parker said.

The stabbing was not random, Parker said. "This was a targeted attack."

Police described the suspect as a black man in his late 30s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and 180 pounds. He was wearing a tan Carhartt jacket, lighter tan pants, yellowish boots and a black baseball cap with a white "P" on the front. His head might be shaved, or his hair is very short, and he has a goatee. Police said he speaks with an accent, described as Jamaican or African. He was riding a woman's black mountain bike with gray lettering and a red flashing light on the rear.

Detectives worked through the night and will resume their investigation later Sunday, said Parker, a police spokesman. They aren't releasing any details about evidence yet, including whether they recovered the knife.

The man who died has not yet been definitively identified. That won't happen until the state medical examiner completes an autopsy, police said. Police aren't releasing names of anyone involved at this point, Parker said.

The suspect was last seen riding north on Gambell Street, away from the scene.

Police ask for anyone with information to call the department at 786-8900.


Reach Lisa Demer at ldemer@adn.com or 257-4390.

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