Charges: Midtown murder victim was punched, stomped, kicked
A man arrested last week and then released is back in custody, this time facing murder charges after the beating of a man in a Midtown parking lot early Monday.
The Anchorage Police Department identified the victim as 27-year-old Tony Susook in a statement Wednesday afternoon.
According to an affidavit against 25-year-old Martin Kignak in the second-degree murder case, APD officers spotted him apparently "kicking trash" near A Street and Benson Boulevard at about 1:15 a.m. Monday. When they got closer, they realized Kignak was kicking a person who was severely injured.
The charging document states officers attempted to save the victim's life, but he was declared dead at the scene.
"KIGNAK told detectives that he got into an argument with [the victim] regarding an incident that occurred a couple of years ago in Barrow. KIGNAK said that he punched and stomped [the victim] multiple times. KIGNAK dragged [the victim] into the parking lot of 3101 A Street where police found him."
According to online court records, Kignak was arrested on March 25, and charged with misdemeanor counts of assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct. He was released shortly after on what is listed as an unsecured bond, meaning he was not required to pay any money up front.
Kignak's bail in the murder case is set at $500,000, which must be paid in full with cash.