Crime & Courts

Suspects in Hatcher Pass kidnapping face federal charges

Three men charged by the state in a Hatcher Pass kidnapping and assault of two brothers now face corresponding federal charges.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage filed a five-count indictment against Matthew Scharber, 35; Michael Charles Elder, 23; and Corey Sylva, 26.

The men have been charged in federal court with conspiring to and carrying out a kidnapping, carjacking and weapons misconduct.

In their state cases, Scharber faces attempted murder, kidnapping and assault charges. Elder and Sylva were similarly charged, excluding the attempted murder count.

The information contained in the federal indictment filed Wednesday simplifies the state's allegations.

Brothers Kevin Kirlin and Keeton Kirlin were kidnapped from an apartment in Mountain View Oct. 27, shot multiple times and left lying in the road at Hatcher Pass, according to court documents. They were found by a passerby and survived their injuries.

The last item in a list of 14 "overt acts" allegedly carried out by the defendants listed in the federal indictment reads:


"On or about October 26-27, 2016, Matthew Scharber did attempt to kill (the) victims by shooting them."

The federal authorities are also seeking the criminal forfeiture of two weapons tied to the two cases — a pump action shotgun and 9mm pistol, according to the indictment.

[Read more: Brothers kidnapped, shot, left for dead in Hatcher Pass; Anchorage man charged]

Jerzy Shedlock

Jerzy Shedlock is a former reporter for Alaska Dispatch News. He left the ADN in 2017.