Man held in Muldoon homicide appears in court, makes obscenities
A man arrested Friday in connection with a deadly shooting last month, as well as a robbery of a South Anchorage business, was muted in court Sunday after making obscenities during his arraignment.
Aarron Settje, 32, made obscene gestures and used offensive language towards the court while he was being arraigned on charges for multiple robberies and evidence tampering in the January shooting death of 33-year-old Kortez Brown.
Court documents say Settje disposed of the gun and the cartridge casings used to kill Brown. Witnesses say Brown showed up at the home on East 36th Avenue where his wife and another man were having a dispute over a relationship issue and began banging on the door. Witnesses also said Settje told Brown to stand down. When Brown didn't, he fired through the door.
Brown's niece, Courtney Jefferson, said Settje's actions in court make him look guilty.
"For him to come out with both of his middle fingers pointed at the judge and everyone in the courtroom and for him to just say the rude things that he said to my uncle's wife and to just be extremely outraged, it was embarrassing honestly on his behalf, everything that he's done with the robberies, everything he's done to my uncle and to our family, to his children, it just makes him look more guilty and then it's really sad that they had to literally mute him from talking throughout the entire courtroom," Jefferson said.
Settje didn't make a scheduled court appearance Saturday.
A bailiff at Anchorage Jail Court said Saturday that an arraignment for Settje has been postponed to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
"If you're here to see Settje, he won't be in court today; he's still detoxing," the bailiff told reporters. "He will be in court tomorrow."
APD spokesman MJ Thim said police received word that Settje had been seen leaving the Target department store on 100th Avenue in South Anchorage, at the wheel of a black Saturn sedan, at about 3:40 p.m. Friday.
“Officers with the Patrol Division and [Community Action Policing Team] located the vehicle in the area of C Street and Dimond (Boulevard),” Thim wrote. “The suspect was taken into custody, arrested on outstanding homicide and robbery warrants and transported to jail.”
The exact charges against Settje remained unclear Saturday, due to the postponed arraignment. Court records list two counts of evidence tampering filed against Settje, but no homicide charges. Officials at APD and the Anchorage district attorney's office weren't immediately available to clarify the matter Saturday afternoon.
KTVA viewer Amanda Hart, recorded video of police arresting Settje on C Street, near the Dimond Boulevard Costco north of Target. She said police had an extensive tactical presence when they took him into custody.
"It was pretty nerve-wracking," Hart said. "They had guns and rifles out, and you didn't know if there was going to be a standoff because the news kept saying he was dangerous and stuff, so I didn't know if it was going to get ugly."
Police thanked the people who reported seeing Settje.
"Credit is due to those tipsters this afternoon who recognized Settje from the [Nixle alerts] and called 911 immediately," Thim wrote. "Aarron Settje was considered an armed and dangerous suspect on the loose."
On Jan. 13, police found Brown fatally injured in a shooting on the 8000 block of East 36th Avenue. A second person of interest in the case, Carlton Tarkington, was arrested the next week by APD.
Police are still looking for Stephen Settje, who allegedly robbed the Sportsman’s Warehouse on Old Seward Highway with Aarron on Jan. 30. Anyone who sees Stephen Settje is asked to call police at 907-786-8900, or contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.
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