Charges: Mountain View man shot to death by girlfriend’s ex
A man murdered Thursday in Mountain View was killed in a hail of gunfire by two suspects including his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, according to charging documents filed after a manhunt failed to find them.
Mickee Thompson, 19, and Robert Smith, 18, remained at large Friday morning, according to APD spokesman MJ Thim. Each has been charged with first-degree and second-degree murder, court records show, with Smith also charged with evidence tampering.
Family members identified the victim as 21-year-old Sosaia Finau.
"Our prayers and thoughts go out to family and friends of #23 Sosaia Finau. Sosaia passed away yesterday at fault of a tragic event that took place. We will miss you brother always and forever. You were taken too soon. Rest easy. God Bless," a post on the Eagle River Bronco's Facebook page reads.
An affidavit in the case, filed by APD Detective Jeff Bell, said officers received a report of shots just after 9 a.m. Thursday at an apartment complex in the 4200 block of Mountain View Drive. Officers found the victim dead.
Bell said the victim’s girlfriend had previously been dating Thompson but had been granted an unserved domestic-violence restraining order against him. She told police Thompson and Smith – a close friend of Thompson’s – had visited the apartment and found her with the victim.
“An argument occurred when [the girlfriend] asked Thompson to return his set of apartment keys to her,” Bell wrote. “The victim stepped in to quell the argument. Both Thompson and Smith shot the victim multiple times and fled the scene on foot with the weapons.”
According to the girlfriend, both suspects had been outside the apartment’s doorway just before they fired.
“[The girlfriend] said that Thompson and Smith stepped past her entering the apartment and shot the victim multiple times,” Bell wrote. “[She] said she thought Thompson ‘emptied the clip’ while shooting.”
Police found at least 20 shell casings on the floor, according to Bell, from at least two calibers of weapon. Members of APD's SWAT team searched the area for Thompson and Smith but didn't find them.
Surveillance video at the scene showed Thompson placing “an item” in a red Chevrolet Tahoe that arrived at the scene, Bell said, before Thompson and another male ran away to the east.
Police have said Thompson and Smith are “armed and dangerous,” and ask anyone with information on their whereabouts to call 911. Tips can also be given to Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.
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