Murder suspects: An escapee, a parolee, & a defendant on bail
While their individual conditions of release were likely tailored to their specific cases, a standard condition for both sentenced offenders and pretrial defendants instructs them to avoid committing new crimes-- a condition police and prosecutors believe three murder suspects failed to comply with when Craig Berumen II, 32, was killed.
Police say shots were fired, then Berumen jumped from a room at the Executive Suites Hotel in Spenard. Berumen was found draped out of an SUV in the next-door McDonald's parking lot on March 8, 2017.
APD has shared little information about the case, presumably to protect the investigation, but says drugs are a suspected motive.
Chaz Shanigan, 22, Devontay Gordon, 25, and Nicole Diaz, 32, were all charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery. In addition, Shanigan and Diaz are charged with first-degree murder and Shanigan is charged with weapons misconduct.
According to the Department of Correction's records, Shanigan was a wanted halfway house walkaway at the time of the murder, and it wasn't the first time. Shanigan is a convicted felon who has been in and out of custody in Alaska since 2013. He'd previously walked away from two other halfway houses before he was placed at Cordova Center, where he left again, three weeks before Berumen's murder.
Gordon is also a convicted felon and has been in and out of the system since 2010. He also has walked away from a halfway house but was out at the time of the murder after being granted discretionary parole.
DOC spokesperson Megan Edge said during a phone call Thursday that Shanigan's placement at Cordova Center was consistent with DOC policy, and Gordon was compliant with his parole conditions, raising no red flags during the time leading up to the murder.
Diaz is still at large, but at the time of the murder, she was out on bail for a felony theft charge she later pleaded guilty to.
The homicide predates the state new Pretrial Enforcement Division, which now supervises some defendants who are released on bail before trial.
Edge wrote in an email Thursday, "I don't want to speculate about this case or about an ongoing investigation. However, prior to January 2018 -- defendants out on bail were 37 percent likely to engage in additional criminal actively. Now, they are being supervised by a law enforcement entity, whose purpose is enforcing supervision for pretrial defendants as the courts order to ensure public safety."
Anyone who knows information about where Diaz might be is asked to contact APD at 311 or call 911 if you see her. You may also contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website to remain anonymous.
"At this time, we don't have cause to believe she's armed and dangerous, but as always, we ask the public not to personally approach suspects when they're at large, so we just always ask people to give us a call and let us do the work," said APD Spokesperson Kendra Doshier.
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