3 arrests made in connection with May homicide in Fairbanks
Three people have been arrested in connection with the May homicide of a 23-year-old man shot to death in a parking lot near the Rock n Rodeo bar in Fairbanks, authorities say.
U.S. Marshals and New Braunfels Police Department detectives arrested 26-year-old Joel Roland Joseph Tuesday in Selma, Texas, on a first-degree murder warrant. Joseph — formerly of Anchorage — relocated to New Braunfels two days after allegedly killing John D. Kavairlook, Jr., according to a statement from the Fairbanks Police Department.
Joseph’s brother — 34-year-old David Gregory Joseph — was arrested in Anchorage and indicted on a first-degree hindering prosecution charge. Police say he was not at Rock n Rodeo the morning of the homicide.
Lastly, 25-year-old Demarius William Hinson was arrested in Orlando, Florida, Wednesday on a $500,000 warrant for first-degree hindering prosecution. Formerly of Anchorage, he fled the country after the homicide and later returned to the U.S., Fairbanks police say.
Police earlier reported that Kavairlook and another male were fighting inside the Old Steese Highway bar when they were escorted outside by security. Things heated up again outside and three other males joined in the fight. At some point, one of the males fired multiple shots at Kavairlook. He died at the scene.
In a statement, Fairbanks spokesperson Amber Courtney said investigators are not disclosing the specific roles of the suspects until everyone implicated in the homicide has been nabbed.
“Additional arrests are expected,” she wrote.
Fairbanks Mayor John Eberhart said investigators have spent more than 3,000 hours working the case. Following the May 17 shooting, authorities released images and video to the public in an attempt to identify the suspects.
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