Detectives determined that two suspects fled the country to the Dominican Republic after the shooting and issued warrants for their arrests. Detectives worked with their partners at the United States Marshals Service (USMS) and the United States Department of Justice to locate the suspects.
One of the suspects returned to Anchorage and was located by the USMS on 12/20/18 in the 600 block of North Klevin Street. He was taken into custody and transported jail.
The suspect has been identified as Darvin Tatis (26-years-old). He faces multiple charges including Assault 1 and Misconduct Involving a Weapon.
Last week, USMS sent a team, including an APD officer who is an USMS Task Force Officer, to the Dominican Republic and located the fourth suspect. He was taken into custody and removed back to Anchorage. He was then transported to jail.
The suspect has been identified as Rodger Brito (24-years-old). He faces multiple charges including Assault 1 and Misconduct Involving a Weapon 1.
These arrests are an example of the strong partnership APD has with USMS. Suspects who flee, even to foreign countries, will be found.
Update 7/13/18 1:50 p.m.:
At 3:54 p.m. on May 21, 2018, APD Dispatch received several calls in reference to two vehicles in which the occupants were shooting at each other in the area of 12th Avenue and Hyder Street. A 2 year old female was struck when one of the rounds penetrated through the wall of her residence on the 700-block of E 11th Avenue. The juvenile sustained a gunshot wound to the upper body and was hospitalized.
APD Detectives launched an investigation and identified the two suspect vehicles – a red 2002 Dodge Ram pickup and a silver 2012 Toyota Camry. The investigation found that a dispute on the roadway between the two adult male drivers of these vehicles escalated when gunfire was exchanged in a high-speed chase. This resulted in a 2 year old being struck by a stray bullet that entered through the wall of her family home. A short while later, an officer conducted a traffic stop on a red Dodge Ram. In plain view in the center console of the vehicle was a box of 9mm ammunition. The driver was transported to APD Headquarters for questioning. After obtaining a search warrant, officers searched the vehicle and found a 9mm spent shell casing in the front cab area along with handgun magazines and ammunition. Less than three hours after the shooting on May 21st, the driver of the Toyota Camry disposed of his vehicle and reported it as stolen. Several days later on May 29th, A PD responded to the 17000 block of North Eagle River Loop Road in Eagle River in reference to a suspicious vehicle. An officer located the Toyota Camry; there was extensive damage to both the interior and exterior of the vehicle.
During the course of the investigation, Detectives obtained additional information to identify the suspects involved in the shooting.
After being questioned by Detectives and based on the evidence collected, two suspects have been arrested and transported to jail. They have been identified:
- David M. Freeman (26 years old). He faces charges of Assault I, Assault III, Misconduct Involving a Weapon I, Misconduct Involving a Weapon II, Misconduct Involving a Weapon IV, and Reckless Endangerment.
- Argenis Guzman (26 years old). He faces charges of Assault I, Assault III, Misconduct Involving a Weapon I, Misconduct Involving a Weapon II, Misconduct Involving a Weapon IV, Reckless Endangerment, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.
This investigation is still ongoing.