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Man charged with murder in shooting death of employee at Spenard Road hotel

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 18
  • Published February 17

UPDATE 6 a.m. Monday:

Anchorage police on Monday identified the shooting victim as Javon Diggs, 40, saying his family members had been notified. No further information was released.

Sunday story:

A 20-year-old man was charged with murder in the shooting death of an employee at a Spenard Road hotel Saturday night, Anchorage police said.

Little information was being released. Police were called to the Barratt Inn at 4610 Spenard Road just before 9 p.m., police said in a Nixle alert. A man had been shot inside the building and was declared dead soon after officers arrived, the alert said.

On Sunday morning, police said Theandrea Ignacio Luster, 20, had been arrested and charged with murder and misconduct involving a weapon.

“Initial indications are that there was some type of verbal disturbance between the victim, who was a Barratt Inn employee, and the suspect which led to the shooting inside the hotel,” police wrote. “It is unknown at this time whether or not the two knew one another prior to this incident.”

The name of the victim has not been released, and police are not saying what the victim’s job was at the hotel.

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