Suspect in dog kennel beating turns himself in
Anchorage police say a man wanted on charges of attempted murder for allegedly beating a critically injuring someone who arrived at an Anchorage hospital in a dog kennel has turned himself in.
According to a statement from APD, Rex Faumui, 24, called into police dispatch and turned himself in on Tuesday.
"Officers located him at the Anchorage Cemetery and arrested him without incident," police said. "He was questioned by detectives and transported to jail."
In August of 2017, the Anchorage District Attorney's Office said that Faamanu “Junior” Vaifanua, 28, Macauther Christmas “Mac” Vaifanua, 29, and Jeffery Ahvan, 29, – all named by Anchorage police as suspects in the Aug. 13 beating of 34-year-old Abshir Mohamed – were indicted along with a fourth suspect, Faumui.
All four now stands charged with first-degree attempted murder, assault, hindering prosecution and robbery, as well as kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and tampering with physical evidence. In addition, all of the suspects except Macauther Vaifanua were indicted on a weapons misconduct charge.
Ahvan was arrested by Anchorage Police in August and now both Faamanu and Macauther Vaifanua are in custody. Faumui remains at large.
According to a Nixle alert from APD, officers with the Investigative Support Unit (ISU) received a tip that Faamanu Viafanua was in the area of Lake Otis Parkway and 88th Avenue Sunday.
"They responded that evening to a residence in the area and located him inside. The suspect attempted to flee from the residence and he was taken into custody," according to APD.
Shortly after the arrest, APD said Macauther Vaifanua turned himself in.
In June, APD said they discovered four people were helping Faamanu Viafanua hide from ISU officers.
David Tiapula, 29, Ann Tiapula, 27, Crystal Sefo, 28, and Salote Leuta, 20, were arrested and charged with hindering the prosecution.
Monday, APD Communications Director MJ Thim had a warning for anyone who might be helping the last outstanding suspect in the case.
"If you're gonna hide suspects from us, dangerous suspects to the community, we're gonna hold you accountable. You're putting the public at risk," said Thim.
The victim, Mohamed, had been reported missing on Aug. 13 by his girlfriend. Charging documents in the case say he was taken to a home on the 6500 block of Cimarron Circle, where he was seen on surveillance video bound and being beaten with a metal broom handle and an aluminum baseball bat.
Mohamed had owed one of the men a few thousand dollars, a friend of the victim told police, allegedly for drugs.
According to the Nixle:
The search continues for Rex Faumui. He is considered armed and dangerous. The public should call APD immediately if seen and NOT attempt to make any contact with the suspect.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Faumui, including surveillance video, please call 911. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or online at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.
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