Anchorage police make more arrests in 2 fatal shootings of 2015
Anchorage police have made more arrests in connection with two fatal shootings that occurred in January.
Simon Tongyik Chuar — another suspect in the fatal Jan. 29 shooting — turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest, says Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Anita Shell. The 20-year-old was formally charged at the Palmer Courthouse with second-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery and first-degree misconduct involving weapons, according to court records.
The Anchorage Police Department announced Saturday that 18-year-old Keiara Reynaud has been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the shooting death of Charles Steinhilpert III. The fatal shooting took place on Jan. 25 near the University Area Walgreens on Tudor Road.
Police announced Sunday that 19-year-old Makur Chan and 19-year-old Timothy Funches have both been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the death of Steinhilpert. Also arrested in this incident is a 14-year-old who police say turned himself in.
Chan is also charged with another count of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the death of 20-year-old Jeanpal Borge on Jan. 29. The fatal shooting happened in the early morning hours in the parking lot of a business at Bragaw Street and San Jeronimo Court. Nathaniel Kile, 18, has also been charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the death of Borge.
Both of the homicides were drug related where there was intent to rob the victims, police say.
Chan, Funches and Kile were arraigned Sunday in Anchorage.
Police credit these arrests to a special task force developed to combat violent crimes in Anchorage.
Sunday, APD announced that what started out as a special unit consisting of 10 to 15 officers has grown to meetings consisting of more than 45 people. Detective Slawomir Markiewicz heads the task force and says APD has been working nonstop, investigating leads and looking at similarities between the crimes that plagued the town during the month of January.
“We had, in the last few weeks, we’ve had help from Special Assignments Unit, from community action policing, Vice Unit,” said Markiewicz. “We’ve had help from other divisions of the department, and it’s certainly been a lot of help and it made a lot of difference.”
The investigation into these cases is still ongoing, APD says. Police are asking anyone with additional information to call APD at 786-8900.
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