Crime & Courts

APD: Woman intentionally run over by driver in shelter parking lot dies in hospital

Brother Francis Shelter

UPDATE noon Monday:

Authorities charged Duop Tharjiath with manslaughter, first-degree assault and vehicle theft, and providing a false identity, according to court documents filed in Anchorage District Court on Saturday.

Original Saturday story:

A woman is dead and a car driver in custody after what police say was an apparently intentional attack Friday afternoon in the parking lot of the Brother Francis Shelter near downtown Anchorage.

The woman, whose injuries were initially described as non-life-threatening, died hours later in a hospital, police said in an online alert early Saturday.

The driver, Duop Tharjiath, 23, faces charges including assault and vehicle theft, police said, adding that a prosecutor could make additional charges after a review of the circumstances.

Officers called to Brother Francis Shelter on East Third Avenue at 4:39 p.m. Friday determined Tharjiath put a stolen black Pontiac into reverse and ran over the woman, the alert said. The car also “glanced off” a man she was with. He refused treatment at the scene.

Tharjiath then drove forward and crashed into a storage unit. Arriving officers took him into custody.

Police said Tharjiath’s motive was unknown and that he did not appear to know either of the people he struck, whom police described as patrons of Brother Francis Shelter.

“Tharjiath was not injured. There is no indication of alcohol or drugs being a factor at this time,” the APD alert said.

Officers also determined the car driven by Tharjiath was reported stolen Friday morning from a business in the Mountain View neighborhood.

Police did not release the name of the victim pending notification of relatives.

Check back for updates on this developing story.