Police ID murder suspect in Alaska Zoo gardener's death
Anchorage police have arrested the man accused of stabbing an Alaska Zoo employee and driving over the victim earlier this month.
Police say 33-year-old Clayton Charlie, who was already in jail on an arrest warrant and stolen vehicle investigation, now faces an additional murder charge for murder in the first-degree for the death of Michael R. Greco, 45, who was found dead in the Zoo's parking lot on Nov. 4.
According to a statement from APD, an arrest warrant for Charlie was issued after he stole a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe from a residence on Vance Drive after violating multiple protective order, just hours before he got to the zoo,
"Around 7 p.m., the suspect was in the Alaska Zoo parking lot and got into an altercation with the victim," police wrote. "The suspect stabbed the victim multiple times, drove over him and fled the scene in the stolen vehicle."
Detectives say Charlie used the victim's credit card at multiple locations around town after he fled the scene. Surveillance video at those locations allowed police to identify him and also connect him to the stolen vehicle.
Michael R. Greco, 45, was the man found dead Monday in the zoo’s parking lot, police said Wednesday. The zoo initially said his death was not caused by any of its animals.
“Greco died as a result of trauma to the body and his death is now being investigated as a homicide,” police wrote. “The type and cause of trauma is part of the investigation and will not be released at this time.”
On Wednesday afternoon, a statement from the zoo identified Greco as the facility's head gardener, who had worked there since March 2014.
“The entire Alaska Zoo team was devastated when the Anchorage Police Department informed us that the deceased was [Greco]," zoo officials wrote. "Michael will be remembered for his enthusiastic attitude and the passion he put into such beloved annual events such as Zoo Lights, for which he created many displays. The Alaska Zoo will continue to work with police as they investigate his death.”
Anyone with information or surveillance video pertaining to Greco’s death is asked to call APD at 311, or contact Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.
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