APD Investigates Series of Recent Deaths, Assaults

POSTED: 08:17 AM AKST Dec 24, 2013    UPDATED: 10:36 AM AKDT Oct 21, 2013 
APD Investigates Series of Recent Homicides, Assaults

Anchorage police continue to investigate a wave of death and assault cases from the last seven days, with sporadic progress reported in several incidents.

In a wide-ranging email update to local media Monday, APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro noted the arrest of 73-year-old Johnie Jones in the Fairview shooting death early Sunday of 36-year-old Sean Mulgrew. Officers followed a blood trail from the scene of the shooting, near the intersection of 9th Avenue and Juneau Street, to a nearby apartment building where Jones was allegedly wiping blood off the inside of a door. Police describe the incident as drug-related.

“Basically, there were drugs that were found at the scene,” Castro said.

Detectives are still investigating two deaths from last week, including that of an apparently newborn child found dead in Eagle River’s Turner Park Tuesday morning. No arrests or charges have been made in the case since the infant’s mother was admitted to a local hospital, where she continues to receive treatment.

Investigators also seek surveillance video footage from South Anchorage businesses of a light-colored pickup truck sought in connection with a fatal hit-and-run crash early Wednesday. Friends of the victim, 36-year-old Olive Garden server Corbin Grassman, remembered him as a good-spirited man, expressing outrage that a driver could leave him for dead.

In addition, police are learning more about the beating of a man and his wife early Saturday during “bar-break” hours, during a fight in a parking lot outside the Gaslight Lounge. The man was knocked unconscious in the incident, and remains in critical condition.

“Detectives are investigating, still interviewing witnesses and reviewing various surveillance,” Castro wrote. “The male victim remains in critical condition.”

Castro says no updates are available Monday on the early Sunday shooting of two men in their legs at a party in Jewel Lake near the 3700 block of West 80th Avenue. Police had previously visited the party in response to noise complaints, and several people fled the scene after the shootings.

Anyone with information on any of these cases should call APD at 786-8900 or, for anonymity, call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.