2 men shot, left in Hatcher Pass; Anchorage man charged with kidnapping, attempted murder
Last updated on Thurs., Nov. 3 at 1:41 p.m.
Two brothers were found shot, tied-up and left for dead on Hatcher Pass Road in late October, according to Alaska State Troopers (AST).
An Anchorage man — 34-year-old Matthew Scharber — is being held on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and vehicle theft in connection with the incident.
A second suspect, Corey S. Sylva, has been arrested for alleged involvement in the crime.
According to an affidavit, a motorist came across two men lying in in middle of Hatcher Pass Road near mile 15 shortly after 4 a.m. on Oct. 27.
The victims, brothers Kevin Kirlin and Keeton Kirlin, explained they had been kidnapped in their own Subaru, shot and left on the roadway. The motorist immediately called troopers.
Once investigators arrived on scene, they found bullet casings, cigarette butts, fresh footprints and blood in the snow near the Paradise Point lookout.
The Kirlin brothers told investigators they were held at gunpoint by “Matt” shortly after entering a home in Mountain View earlier in the evening. Two other men entered the room and beat up the brothers “for several hours” over a stolen wallet, then handcuffed one and tied up the other.
The brothers said their Subaru was emptied, the windows were spray-painted and they were loaded into the back. Keeton told authorities he guessed the car then drove for about 45 minutes. After they stopped, the brothers said they were forced out of the vehicle at gunpoint by Scharber. The three men got into an argument, then Scharber shot Keeton multiple times. Kevin, handcuffed, attempted to run but was shot three times.
The victims told troopers that four vehicles passed them after Scharber left, but refused to stop.
The men were transported to Valley hospitals for treatment of their injuries, which AST spokeswoman Megan Peters described in an online dispatch as “not life-threatening.”
Peters said after an alert was sent out about the Subaru, Anchorage police found it in a Tikahtnu Commons parking lot and impounded it for the investigation. She said as a result of that investigation, AST’s Special Crimes Investigation Unit (SCIU) “developed” 34-year-old Scharber as the suspect in the case.
After obtaining an arrest warrant, and a search warrant for his Mountain View home, Anchorage SWAT and AST personnel took Scharber into custody on Nov. 1 around 5:45 p.m., Peters wrote. At his home, they found “evidence relating to the multiple crimes for which Scharber was arrested,” according to Peters, and what was described as a large amount of methamphetamine, a scale and drug packaging materials.
Scharber is awaiting his arraignment at the Anchorage Correctional Complex without bail. Investigators charged him with two counts each of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and kidnapping, and a single count of first-degree vehicle theft.
SCIU is working with the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office, Peters added.
The investigation is ongoing, according to Peters, who said additional information about the case would be released at a later time.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates as they become available.
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