UPDATE: Suspect charged in connection to teen’s death in custody
Last updated at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23
Kuach C. Kuach has been taken into custody, according to officials at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.
Police spokeswoman Renee Oistad said he turned himself in to police just after 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The Anchorage Police Department is looking for 19-year-old Kuach C. Kuach, charged with first-degree manslaughter in the Aug. 5 death of Chaduer Chuol.
Kuach’s bail has been set at $75,000.
Anchorage police said even though Kuach was shot during the incident, he is partly responsible for Chuol’s death.
“When your actions and activity ultimately leads to the death of another person, you can be criminally held responsible for their death,” said APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro.
Police are encouraging people to help with the investigation by calling and leaving a tip. Castro said they have the option to remain anonymous through the Crimestoppers program.
“[People] don’t want to get involved. They don’t want to have any kind of retaliation against them,” she said. “They can give us that info without having any connection to the case whatsoever.”
Detectives spoke to Kuach while he was being treated in the hospital for his gunshot wound. However, since then, APD has been unable to track him down.
“We have attempted to locate him in the places we know where he usually is and he has not been there, or is not there,” said Castro.
Anyone with information about Kuach is asked to call Crimestoppers at 907-561-7867.
Eric Ruble contributed to this report.
New information shows that a 19-year-old killed in an Aug. 5 crash near Fifth Avenue and Concrete Street did not have gunshot wounds from a shooting that took place in the area around the same time.
Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro confirmed in an email Wednesday that an autopsy for Chaduer Chuol showed the young man was not shot and “his injuries aligned with being involved in the collision.”
As previously reported, Chuol’s death is being investigated as a homicide because state law requires all incidents involving another person “that ultimately leads to the death of someone else” be investigated for criminal activity.
“There was another person inside that same vehicle that had a non-life-threatening gun shot wound,” Castro said at the time of the incident.
The surviving victim still has not been identified by police.
Castro wrote Wednesday detectives are still determining where the shooting started and who was involved.
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