Anchorage police release sketch of 'person of interest' in summer homicide

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Anchorage police are looking for a "person of interest" in one of the rash of homicides reported this year across the city.

A "person of interest" sought in the investigation.

Police released a sketch today of a person who may have information about the killing of 21-year-old Treyveonkindell Thompson.Thompson was shot multiple times July 29 in the area of Duben Avenue and Bolin Street. A witness saw the man in the sketch in the area.

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Asked if the person is believed to be linked in any other killings, Anchorage police declined to say. Police said in an interview Sunday that they would discuss only the Thompson investigation.

"I'm not here today to speculate about other cases," Sgt. Slawomir Markiewicz said. "I know we have certain unsolved cases and we are working in different degrees in solving them. Tonight we are specifically targeting this case."

The FBI is assisting in the investigation and offering a $10,000 cash reward for "any information that leads to the conviction of the person who killed Treyveonkindell."

Thompson is one of 25 people killed this year in Anchorage, with Alaska’s largest city on pace to see its deadliest year since 1995.

Here is the status of those investigations:

-- Six cases involving nine victims -- including a trio of double homicides in public areas -- remain unsolved.

-- Charges have been filed or arrests made in 11 other homicide cases.

-- Police believe they have identified a suspect in three additional cases and are awaiting review by prosecutors.

-- In another case, the suspect died so no charges will be filed.

See the location of each killing in the interactive map below. Homicides in which an arrest has been made are marked in blue.

Thompson was riding home on his bicycle when he was killed, Markiewicz said. Police are looking for the bicycle, described as a yellow Motiv model with full suspension.

"Trevyveonkindell grew up in Anchorage and was getting ready to join the U.S. Military," the department wrote in a community alert Sunday night. "His mother describes him of having an easygoing attitude and a huge heart filled with compassion. He had a unique way of bringing joy to others."

Police said it is too early to call the person in the sketch a suspect.

"That person may have some knowledge of what happened and may have some information about the case," Markiewicz said.

Police on Aug. 30 urged residents to be cautious when traveling late at night, particularly in isolated areas like parks, bicycle paths and empty streets. Authorities have said little about the killings.

Asked about community concerns of a serial killer, Police Chief Chris Tolley said APD would not speculate and that “the police department will only deal with verifiable facts.” Police have not said whether they believe any of the killings are related.

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Anyone with information about Thompson's death is asked to call the FBI Tip hotline at (907) 276-4441 and select option #1. Anonymous tips can be provided by calling Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or online at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com


Treyveon Thompson. Photo courtesy of Mandy Premo.
Treyveon Thompson's missing bicycle. Anchorage Police photo.


 
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