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Anchorage police capture Fairbanks man charged with murder

  • Author: Alex DeMarban
  • Updated: July 2, 2018
  • Published July 2, 2018

Anchorage police captured a murder suspect Sunday night whom authorities believe fled Fairbanks after killing a man there, the agency said.

Investigators around 9:30 p.m. found Joshua Vos, 38, in a vehicle parked at the Backpackers Inn on Eagle Street in downtown Anchorage, the Anchorage Police Department said Monday in a public alert.

"The suspect ignored officer's commands to surrender and exit the vehicle," the department said.

Vos had to be tased, police said.

Anchorage police arrested Vos on a warrant for first-degree murder, then transported him to a hospital and then jail.

Fairbanks police say Vos, a Fairbanks resident, has admitted to killing Richard Wayne Robinson III, 27.

Witnesses said Vos kicked in the door of Robinson's home at 21st Avenue in Fairbanks on Saturday holding a handgun, according to the Fairbanks Police Department. Vos accused Robinson of having "sexual relations" with his girlfriend, Fairbanks police said.

"During the argument, Vos pointed the gun at Robinson, then shot him one time," Fairbanks police said in a statement Monday.  "The bullet entered Robinson's arm, then into his chest."

Robinson died at the scene. Vos fled, briefly returning before telling witnesses not to call police, Fairbanks police said.

On Sunday, after determining Vos was in Anchorage, Fairbanks police spoke to him by phone. Vos admitted to shooting Robinson, the agency said.

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