Anchorage Man Indicted for Attempted Murder of Alaska State Trooper
May 27, 2016
(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) – On May 27, an Anchorage grand jury indicted 25 year old David Ekeroma Fatialofa, of Anchorage, with attempted murder in the first degree of an Alaska State Trooper on May 6, 2016. The grand jury charged Fatialofa with five other felony offenses, including burglary in the first degree, vehicle theft in the first degree, and failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer in the first degree. Raihana Zayyan Hansen, 19, was charged with hindering prosecution in the first degree.
On May 1, 2016, Anchorage Police received a report of a burglary at a commercial property near Ship Creek. According to the indictment, the property owner had observed two men breaking into his building. When confronted, one of the men allegedly displayed a firearm and the two fled in a Mitsubishi Eclipse. Through surveillance video, police identified that man as Fatialofa.
On May 4, officers located Fatialofa driving the Eclipse in East Anchorage. They attempted to surround the Eclipse, but Fatialofa was able to drive past the police and escape. While attempting to locate Fatialofa the next day, officers came across a stolen Honda Civic. They installed a tracking device on that car.
On May 6, officers assigned to the Safe Streets Task Force used the tracking device to follow the vehicle to an address in Spenard. As an Alaska State Trooper assigned to the task force drove through an alley to try to locate the Civic, Fatialofa allegedly fired two shots at the trooper's vehicle. According to the allegations, he then drove off in the Civic, leading police on a pursuit before abandoning the car. Hansen drove another vehicle to pick up Fatialofa at a trailer park near Bragaw Street. Officers were able to disable that car; Fatialofa fled on foot before being taken into custody in the Costco parking lot. Police allegedly found a 9mm handgun in the vehicle.
The charges in the indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. Both defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
If convicted of the charges at trial, Fatialofa faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
CONTACT: ADA James Klugman at (907) 269-6351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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