Crime & Courts

Fight between roommates led up to Anchorage man’s death, court documents say

Update, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday: Anchorage police have identified the man who died in last week’s homicide as Teodoro F. Berdan, 59. Next of kin have been notified.

Original story:

An Anchorage man charged with murder told police that the woman he was dating had been beaten by his roommate, and that sparked the fight that led up to his roommate’s death earlier this week, a court document states.

According to an affidavit from an APD detective, 53-year-old Gilbert Dugaqua called 911 at 12:14 a.m. Thursday and told a dispatcher that he that had beaten up his roommate, who now appeared to be dead. Police officers arrived at the 400 block of East 45th Avenue minutes later and found Dugaqua, who looked like he was covered in blood, the affidavit says. Inside his apartment, officers found a dead man and an injured woman. Dugaqua was taken to police headquarters and the woman was transported to the hospital.

Dugaqua told police that he and the woman were dating and the other man was his roommate, according to the affidavit. Dugaqua said that he and his roommate had been drinking at a nearby bar late Wednesday afternoon, about six beers each, and then walked home.

The affidavit states that Dugaqua told police he then left their apartment; he couldn’t recall leaving, but he did remember returning home. That was when he said he found the woman in bed and beaten up. She said his roommate had hit her for an unknown reason, according to Dugaqua. He then confronted his roommate, resulting in a fight, the affidavit says.

Dugaqua told police his roommate deserved the beating because he had hit a woman, according to the affidavit.


When Dugaqua was told “that he had killed” his roommate, the detective wrote in the affidavit, he appeared to be surprised and said he did not intend to kill him.

Dugaqua was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter and remains in custody at the Anchorage Correctional Complex. A pre-indictment hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.

Jeff Parrott

Jeff Parrott is a former general assignment reporter for Anchorage Daily News. He graduated with a master's degree in 2019 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and is a former U.S. Army officer.