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Victim named, suspect still at large in fatal Third Avenue stabbing

  • Author: Chris Klint
  • Updated: June 12, 2017
  • Published June 12, 2017

The suspect who stabbed a man to death Thursday near an Anchorage homeless shelter and soup kitchen remains at large this week, as police released few additional details on the attack.

Kyle A. Rea, 24, was the victim of the attack, about a block west of the Brother Francis Shelter and Bean's Cafe along Third Avenue, police announced Monday. Rea walked to Bean's for help after the stabbing and was taken to a hospital, but he did not survive his injuries.

Anchorage police investigate the scene of a stabbing near Third Avenue and Karluk Street just before 8 a.m. Thursday, June 8, 2017. (Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News)

Investigators had described the suspect in statements over the weekend as a man in his late 20s or early 30s, but police Lt. John McKinnon said Monday that no specific suspect had been identified and no arrests had been made.

Police believed Rea had been spending time outside Bean's, but it wasn't clear whether he was homeless.

"He had a backpack," McKinnon said.

Anyone with information on the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call police at 907-786-8900. Tips may also be given to Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.

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