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Press Release

Three Anchorage Men Indicted on Kidnapping and Assault

November 11, 2016

(ANCHORAGE, AK) – On November 10, 2016, 34 year old Matthew Scharber, 26 year old Corey Sylva, and 23 year old Michael Elder were indicted by an Anchorage grand jury for an alleged kidnapping and assault that began in Anchorage and ended with two men shot and abandoned in Hatcher’s Pass.

Scharber was indicted on two counts of kidnapping, two counts of attempted murder, and two counts each of assault in the first and third degree. Scharber also faces felony vehicle theft and misconduct involving a controlled substance in relation to the events in this case.

Sylva was indicted on two counts kidnapping and four counts of assault in the third degree.

Elder was indicted on two counts of kidnapping and two counts of assault in the third degree.

The indictment in this case stems from events beginning in Scharber’s apartment in the Mountain View neighborhood on October 27, 2016. Scharber allegedly then drove the victims to Hatcher’s Pass and allegedly ordered them to get out of his vehicle. Both men were shot and left in Hatcher’s Pass but are expected to survive. They were discovered by a passerby who called 911.

Each defendant faces a sentencing range of five to 99 years in prison if convicted of kidnapping. Scharber and Sylva are scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. There is an outstanding arrest for Elder. If you have any information regarding to Elder’s whereabouts, please contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 352-5401.

Defendants Scharber and Sylva are each being held on $250,000 cash/corporate appearance, $100,000 cash performance, and a requirement for a court approved third party custodian. A no bail warrant has been issued for Elder.

The charges in the indictment are only an allegation and are not evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CONTACT: Deputy District Attorney Christina Sherman at (907) 269-6300 or

More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at

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