Press Release

Four Men Indicted for "Dog Kennel" Attempted Murder

August 30, 2017

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) On August 24, 2017, four men from Anchorage were indicted for attempting to kill a man and them placing him in a dog kennel on August 13, 2017. The grand jury indicted 28 year old Faamanu “Junior” Vaifanua, 29 year old Macauther Christmas “Mac” Vaifanua, 29 year old Jeffrey Ahvan, and 24 year old Rex Faumui for attempted murder in the first degree, kidnapping, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, tampering with physical evidence, and hindering prosecution in the first degree. Faamanu Vaifanua, Ahvan, and Faumui were also indicted for misconduct involving a weapon in the third degree.

On August 13, 2017, Anchorage Police received a report that a man with serious physical injuries had been dropped off at Alaska Native Medical Center in a dog kennel. The investigation revealed that 34 year old Abshir Mohammed had been punched, kicked, and beaten with a broomstick and an aluminum bat in the garage of an East Anchorage residence. The incident is believed to have been captured on a residential video surveillance system. The man who dropped Mohammed off at the hospital is not believed to have been involved in the assault.

If convicted at trial, all four men face sentences of up to 99 years in prison for the Attempted Murder in the First Degree and Kidnapping charges. A defendant’s sentence is determined by the judge who must consider the circumstances of the offense, the impact on the victim and the community, and the potential for rehabilitation of the defendant. The charges in the indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Ahvan was apprehended on August 25, 2017 by the Anchorage Police Department. Faamanu Vaifanua, Macauther Vaifanua, and Rex Faumui remain at large. If anyone has information about this case or the whereabouts of these individuals, please contact the Anchorage Police Department at 786-8900. If you want to provide information anonymously, you can call Crime Stoppers at (907) 561-STOP (7707) or submit a tip online at http://www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com/

CONTACT: District Attorney Clint Campion at (907) 269-6300 or clinton.campion@alaska.gov.

More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at http://www.law.alaska.gov/department/criminal/adao.html.

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