Suspect in brutal Midtown assault turns himself in to police

Casey Grove

An Anchorage man accused of attacking a woman and leaving her critically injured Monday morning along a Midtown street surrendered Tuesday evening, according to police.

Bukurim Miftari, 21, is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault and evidence tampering in the attack on his girlfriend, Kristen Reid, 30. Police say Reid was trying to break up with Miftari.

A passer-by first noticed an SUV parked in the middle of Fairbanks Street near International Airport Road just after 5:30 a.m. Monday, then discovered Reid in a nearby ditch "clinging to life," said police spokeswoman Anita Shell.

Reid had been trying to end a relationship with Miftari around the time he attacked her, likely inside the vehicle, which had blood covering its interior, police said.

Detectives investigating the assault have refused to describe how Reid was hurt and declined to say whether or not Miftari used a weapon, citing the ongoing investigation.

Monday night, police officers went to a South Anchorage residence to make contact with Miftari, at the time described as a "person of interest."

"He went out a back window," said police spokeswoman Anita Shell. "He fled on foot, as best we can tell."

Despite searches with police dogs and an Alaska State Troopers helicopter, Miftari slipped away and was still on the run Tuesday. Police said he was considered armed and dangerous.

Officers with the Anchorage Police Department's Special Assignments Unit were actively looking for Miftari Tuesday, Shell said. A little after 6 p.m., Miftari contacted police through his lawyer. Detectives were questioning him at the Anchorage Police Department late Tuesday, Shell said.

Reid was still listed in critical condition Tuesday at a hospital.



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