Friday, May 24, 2013
2 Gang Members Beat Man into 'Unrecognizable' Condition, Police Say
Cousins Rex Faumui, 18, and Patrick Tauanuu, 22, appear in court on assault charges for the beating of 45-year-old Quinn Hennessy.
Two known gang members are behind bars after Anchorage police say they beat another man until he was unrecognizable.
It is gang violence that can be hard for police to suppress.
Cousins Rex Faumui, 18, and Patrick Tauanuu, 22, appeared in court on assault charges after police say they beat up 45-year-old Quinn Hennessy near their home at the 5700 block of Rocky Mountain Court.
“The location where this happened has always been kind of a problem area,” explains APD gang intelligence officer Scott Lofthouse.
“But, I don’t think it is because of all the citizens there. There is just a few particular ones that are involved in this activity and they start to get the mindset that they own that area and they are free to do what they want to at will.”
According to a police report, after he was initially arrested for the assault on July 3, Tauanuu got out on bail and threatened the neighbors who helped his alleged victim, saying he was coming for him and for his home.
The incident is not Tauanuu’s first run in with the law. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to an assault on a random man in a Holiday Station store in Mountain View. The altercation was captured on the convenience store’s security camera.
Investigators won’t say what the motivation is behind this recent beating, but they do say it is just one of many gang-related crimes happening on Anchorage streets.
“They're involved in robberies, internet credit card fraud, burglaries, and assaults. Just about any crime you can think of, gang members are involved in them,” says Officer Scott Lofthouse.
Lofthouse is the one man in the police department whose job it is to track Anchorage’s 74 validated gangs and their members. He says it can be hard to keep up because police can’t be everywhere at once.
“They will start to get more and more bold, start to commit more crimes,” he says. “Then we identify that's a problem area, and try to suppress the activity.”
It is a cycle of violence and suppression that continues on Anchorage's streets
Bail for Rex Faumui and Patrick Tauanuu was set at $25,000 cash each. Tauanuu is also facing a witness tampering charge for his alleged threats to his neighbors.