ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - 3/2 10:30 a.m. Update:
The woman who was killed in a violent stabbing Wednesday night has been identified by police following the successful notification of her family.
According to MJ Thim, APD spokesperson, the victim was Cheri Ingram, 42, of Anchorage. Thim said it is not yet known how the victim and suspect, 27-year-old Simon Weyiouanna, knew one another.
3/1 9 a.m. Update:
A man has been identified in the alleged stabbing murder of a woman in midtown Anchorage late Wednesday, after witnesses say they saw him dragging what looked like a dead body into his vehicle.
According to police, Simon Weyiouanna, 27, now faces charges of murder and tampering with evidence following their investigation into what was originally called a "suspicious activity" report.
In a community alert, APD said the incident began when Weyiouanna allegedly brought the female victim back to his home to pay her to have sex with him. At this time it is unclear how the two met.
MJ Thim, spokesperson for APD, said that preliminary investigation shows that Weyiouanna had intended to pay the woman for sex despite not having met her before last night. During sexual activity, Thim said, something sparked an altercation which led to violence.
"At some point, there was an altercation and the suspect stabbed the victim multiple times in the upper body," police wrote in the alert. "The suspect wrapped the body in a bed sheet and dragged the body outside to load into his vehicle. Neighbors witnessed the suspect dragging the body and immediately called 911."
So far, there is no evidence of drugs or alcohol being involved in this incident.
APD said this is a reminder to report suspicious activity, claiming that the public assistance in this case "helped tremendously with the apprehension and arrest of a homicide suspect."
The victim in the stabbing murder has not yet been identified by police. Thim said they are still working on notifying her family.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Anchorage police late Wednesday night were at an apartment building near 30th Avenue and Wisconsin Street.
A police sergeant on the scene said that officers were investigating a domestic violence case. A news release issued shortly after 1:00 a.m. Thursday said police were investigating a suspicious death.
APD said they have one person in custody and are not looking for any suspects at this time.
Police said this was an isolated incident, and not random.
APD added that there is no public safety threat.
APD had issued a public Nixle alert Wednesday evening advising people to avoid the area while officers investigated what was initially described as suspicious activity.