UPDATE: Mountain View homicide suspects taken into custody

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 3:
Two suspects sought in connection with a Mountain View homicide in April have been taken into custody.

Two teens wanted in connection to a homicide in Mountain View on April 12, 2018. Mickee Thompson, 19, on the left. Robert Smith, 18, on the right.

According to Anchorage Police officials, a tip was received that both suspects, 19-year-old Mickee Thompson and 18-year-old Robert Smith were in a Spenard-area residence.

Just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, what was described by viewers as a large police presence APD took both suspects into custody without incident.

APD says dozens of tips have been received by citizens since the search for the suspects began shortly after Sosaia Finau, 21, was found shot multiple times inside a Mountain View apartment on April 12.

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Finau's sister says the family is relieved that the suspects have been caught.

Update 11:50 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018:

APD has identified two suspects in the homicide case.

According to APD, Mickee Thompson, 19, and Robert Smith, 18, fled from the scene on foot, heading toward North Park Street.

The victim, a man who has not been identified, was shot multiple times inside the apartment, police said in a community alert.

Police continue to search the area for the teens. Thompson was last seen wearing a black hoodie, white T-shirt, dark pants and white shoes. Smith was last seen wearing a dark coat and dark jeans.

The two are considered "armed and dangerous," police said. "Do not approach them."

Update 10:20 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018:

Shortly after investigators met on scene, police updated the investigation, elevating it from a shooting to a homicide case.

Police say the victim perished from his wounds, though it is unclear where he was shot and how many times.

In addition to K9 search units, SWAT has also been deployed in the area to look for potential suspects in the area of Mountain View Drive from Park St. to Peterkin Ave.

Police are warning all in the area to stay inside and call 911 if you see anyone near your property. It is believed that the shooter left on foot, and may be trying to escape the police perimeter.

Original Story Thursday, April 12, 2018:

One person was shot in an incident early Thursday morning, according to an alert from the Anchorage Police Department.

In the alert, APD stated that they are conducting a shooting investigation in the 4200 block of Mountain View Drive.

Police asked for the public to please avoid the area.

Further details were not immediately made available. It is not yet known if this was a targeted incident or a random shooting.

At the scene, APD's spokesperson MJ Thim told KTUU crews that the shooting took place at the Park Place Village apartments off of Mountain View Drive.

The suspect then fled the scene on foot, Thim said. Police were mobilizing in the area and establishing a perimeter to search for the suspect. K-9 units were being deployed to track a scent.

Check back here for updates on the developing story.




 
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