Police still looking for suspects and red car that ran over couple

ldemer@adn.comJune 4, 2013 

Anchorage police are still looking for a red sedan and suspects involved in mowing down a couple walking along West International Airport Road early Saturday, they said Tuesday afternoon.

On Monday, police revealed they had impounded an abandoned red vehicle matching the description provided by one of the victims but further analysis Tuesday showed it was not the right one, police said. There was no evidence it had been in a crash, said police spokeswoman Dani Myren. It was found behind the Credit Union 1 on Abbott Road and was there because it been repossessed by the financial institution, she said.

The red sedan has yellow license plates and may have underbody damage and damage to the left front fender, police said.

Police have described the suspect driver as a black male with buzz cut hair around 5-feet-7 inches tall and about 30 years old. The man who was run over, Nicholas Philemonoff, said he didn't get a good enough look at the passenger to describe him definitively. His girlfriend, April Merculief, remains hospitalized in critical condition at Alaska Native Medical Center.

Police are continuing to review surveillance video of the incident, said spokeswoman Dani Myren. Police said Tuesday it appears to have happened in the parking lot between 524 and 540 W. International Airport Road, on the other side of the street from the original address released by police.

Philemonoff said he remembers seeing the sign for Hope Community Resources, which is at 540 W. International. After running the couple over, the red car pulled back onto International, heading west and then turned right on Arctic Boulevard, he said.

The couple was walking to his sister's apartment off Lake Otis Parkway when two men got out of a red sedan and made a comment about his girlfriend. Philemonoff said he responded "F- you," and the men jumped back in the car, then ran the couple down.


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