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Press Release

Anchorage Man Indicted for Murder in Stabbing in Assisted Living Home

June 3, 2020

(Anchorage, AK) – On June 2, 2020, an Anchorage grand jury indicted 73 year-old Robert Joseph Thomas for the stabbing death of 71 year-old Rose Warren at an assisted living home on March 25, 2020.

Shortly after 1:30 A.M. on March 25th, Anchorage police received a call reporting a stabbing on the second floor of the assisted living home.  According to the initial charging document, an attendant at the facility heard a scream as if the person was “in dire need” and ran upstairs to investigate.  The attendant saw Mr. Thomas exit the victim’s bedroom covered in blood and carrying a knife.  This is also captured on the facility’s internal surveillance camera.  The attendant confronted Mr. Thomas who had begun washing blood from the knife in the shared bathroom sink and escorted him downstairs before assisting to the victim. 

The indictment charges Mr. Thomas with Murder in the First and Second Degrees as well as Tampering with Physical Evidence.

Ms. Warren was transported to a local hospital but succumbed to her wounds.

The charges against Mr. Thomas are only allegations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty. If convicted at trial he faces between 30 and 99 years of imprisonment for Murder in the First Degree, and between 15 and 99 years for Murder in the Second Degree.

Mr. Thomas is scheduled to be arraigned on these charges on June 4, 2020.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Arne F. Soldwedel at (907) 269-6300 or arne.soldwedel@alaska.gov.

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Department Media Contact: Assistant Attorney General Maria Bahr at (907) 269-5285 or maria.bahr@alaska.gov.