Crime & Courts

Police: Drug deal gone wrong leaves 2 dead in Anchorage

Anchorage police have identified two victims and arrested a suspect in a double homicide Monday in Spenard described to police as a drug deal gone wrong.

Jeramyha Talauega, 22, and Robin Porter, 31, were fatally shot Monday, the Anchorage Police Department wrote in a release.

Robin Porter's wife was arrested and charged Monday in connection with the shooting.

Multiple reports of shots fired came in to the Anchorage Police Department at 12:31 a.m. Monday.

Citizens reported hearing gunshots and seeing two vehicles chasing each other in the West Tudor Road area between Lois Drive and Harding Drive.

"Officers arrived within minutes and discovered the body of (Talauega) who had just been shot lying near the railroad tracks," police said. Talauega was declared dead at the scene.

Around 20 minutes later, police responded to a local hospital, where Porter had been taken by his wife. He died shortly afterwards.

Porter's wife, 31-year-old Meghan Porter, told police that the shooting was "over a drug deal that had gone wrong."

The Porters had met Talauega to sell him drugs, Meghan Porter told police. Talauega arrived in a separate vehicle, and got in their car to make the deal.

"An altercation occurred inside the Porters' vehicle and guns were fired by all three occupants before Talauega jumped out," police wrote.

"A brief chase ensued between the Porters and the driver of the other vehicle; however, the Porters were able to elude the second vehicle before arriving at the hospital," the release continues.

Porter was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and misconduct involving a controlled substance, police wrote.

Officers were still looking for Talauega's vehicle and his driver, "but details concerning that vehicle aren't being released at this time," police said.

Shortly after 5 a.m. Monday, Tudor Road was blocked off just west of Minnesota Drive by several police cruisers, as well as the police department's unmarked crime-scene vehicle and a van from its Major Collision Investigation Unit. Police dispatchers said the roadblock on Tudor had been cleared by 11 a.m.

The deaths of Talauega and Robin Porter mark the 24th and 25th homicides of 2015.

Chris Klint and Tara Young contributed to this report.

Laurel Andrews

Laurel Andrews was a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News, Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Dispatch. She left the ADN in October 2018.