Crime & Courts

Man charged with murder in May stabbing at East Anchorage apartment

A 20-year-old man was indicted Tuesday on charges of first- and second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a 37-year-old man in East Anchorage in May.

Derrek Logoleo was arrested in late August in the death of 37-year-old Leanoano Pati. At the time, police said, Logoleo’s arrest came as part of a separate investigation after he had already been identified as a “person of interest” in the stabbing, which took place in an apartment in the Russian Jack neighborhood.

On May 9, the day the stabbing occurred, the landlord called police to report a “loud verbal argument” at an apartment building on the 1000 block of Hoyt Street, according to a summary of police reports written by Deputy District Attorney Trina Sears and included with charges. Less than 30 minutes later, the landlord called back to say he no longer needed a police response and planned to file eviction paperwork, the charges said.

About a half-hour later, another person called 911 to report someone was badly hurt and needed medical help, the summary said. The caller described hearing arguing in the same unit referenced earlier by the landlord, the summary said.

Pati was dead when police arrived, they said. He lived in the apartment with a roommate, according to the summary.

Security footage showed a number of people filtering in and out of the apartment building and the unit that morning, the summary said. Investigators interviewed people who were in the building that day and identified Logoleo as a suspect, it said. Several people who had been interviewed said the two men had argued over a woman prior to the stabbing, according to the summary.

During an interview with detectives, Logoleo told them he had stabbed Pati while the older man was asleep, the summary said.

Logoleo was held on a $350,000 bail and remained in custody Wednesday afternoon at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

Tess Williams

Tess Williams is a reporter focusing on breaking news and public safety. Before joining the ADN in 2019, she was a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. Contact her at