Police Chief addresses latest crime at Assembly meeting
With four homicides in two days, some Assembly members wanted to hear from Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll during their Tuesday night meeting.
“Obviously anytime we have violence happening in the city, I’m concerned,” he said. “I think everybody in the department is concerned. I think with the events that we’ve had specifically this week, what I would tell people is that the two events you’re referring to, we believe they’re contained.”
Anchorage Police are now investigating Monday’s death at a Midtown paint shop as a homicide. So far, they’ve arrested 27-year-old Randall Igou. He faces several charges, including vehicle theft of a white Kia Optima from the case and police say he remains a person of interest in the death investigation.
Police also say they have a suspect in custody in Tuesday morning’s triple homicide on Spenard Road. Officers were still questioning the suspect and "multiple witnesses" throughout the afternoon. APD spokesperson MJ Thim said charges against the suspect were still pending, but that no other suspects are being sought in the triple shooting.
Chief Doll told the Assembly, the people involved in the two incidents were known to each other and weren’t random acts. He also said there’s no outstanding threat to public safety, but if that were to change, police would let the public know immediately.
“If anybody in the public knows people involved in these two events, has any information about them, has surveillance video from the area they think are relevant, please call us,” he said. “We’re always happy to get assistance from the public and I think this week we’ve been getting pretty good assistance from them.”
Assembly member Amy Demboski told Chief Doll she sees how community-police relationships are helping bring in more tips with the department’s ongoing investigations.
Assembly member John Weddleton asked Chief Doll if the department had enough resources to handle the two ongoing homicide investigations. Doll said it does, but there are efforts to build a larger detective unit which works on investigating homicides.
“It takes a little bit of time to select new detectives and put them back there,” he said. “But that’s actually underway now and we want to make sure that it’s staffed appropriately. But when the events start to stack up, we have an on-call rotation for crime scene processing and if we have more than one event at a time, we just move to the next group.”