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Court documents shed light on double homicide case after Anchorage man is arrested in New York

Police have located a vehicle belonging to one of the victims in Anchorage
Court documents have shed more light on the double homicide case being investigated by the Anchorage police, in which a woman and her daughter were found dead.
Published: Apr. 21, 2022 at 8:47 AM AKDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2022 at 2:28 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Court documents have shed more light on the double homicide case being investigated by the Anchorage police, in which a woman and her daughter were found dead this past Friday. The man considered a person of interest in the case, and also accused of sexually abusing the teen girl, has been arrested in New York and will be brought back to Alaska.

Jalonni Blackshear, 39, was arrested in New York on Wednesday. Police labeled him a person of interest in the homicide case that was initially described as suspicious deaths.

Anchorage police found a 35-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl dead on April 15 in a home on Resurrection Drive near Race Circle, in the Scenic Foothills neighborhood of Northeast Anchorage. On Tuesday, the family of the victims identified the woman as Jalonni Blackshear’s wife Raechyl Blackshear and the girl as Jayla Blackshear, their daughter.

According to an affidavit filed Tuesday in support of a criminal complaint that Jalonni Blackshear had unlawfully fled to avoid prosecution, Raechyl and Jayla Blackshear were found dead at his home with “shotgun wounds.”

Jalonni Blackshear, a former correctional officer, was taken into custody on Staten Island, New York, by Homeland Security Officers, according to a news report by NBC New York.

He was accused of sexually abusing his daughter, Jayla, in late March, according to a criminal complaint. DNA was taken from Blackshear on April 1 and sent to be compared to the pediatric evidence collection kit taken from Jayla on March 30. A warrant for his arrest was put out on April 13, two days before Raechyl and Jayla Blackshear were found dead by Anchorage police.

Jalonni Blackshear worked for the state as a correctional officer and was “separated from state employment” from the Department of Corrections on April 6, according to a department spokesperson. According to the criminal complaint relating to the alleged sexual abuse, he resigned his Alaska Police Standards Council Corrections Officer Commission a day later on April 7 and left the state.

The double homicide is still being investigated by Anchorage police, and no charges have yet been filed against Jalonni Blackshear regarding the victims’ deaths. Assistant Attorney General Daniel Cacciatore said on Tuesday that Jalonni Blackshear was being detained on a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

An affidavit supporting his removal from New York to be brought back to Alaska was filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York on Wednesday. According to that affidavit, signed by Special Agent Alex Pena of Homeland Security Investigations, Pena arrested Jalonni Blackshear on Wednesday.

“While I was arresting (Blackshear, he) spontaneously stated that, in substance, he knew that he was wanted for charges in Anchorage,” Pena wrote in the affidavit.

A criminal complaint for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution was filed against Jalonni Blackshear on Tuesday in Anchorage. According to an affidavit in support of that criminal complaint, Jalonni, Raechyl and Jayla Blackshear all “disappeared” after the DNA search warrant was executed on Jalonni Blackshear.

Both Jalonni and Raechyl Blackshear’s phones were “pinged” in Staten Island, New York, according to the affidavit, before Raechyl and Jayla Blackshear’s bodies were found at Jalonni Blackshear’s home. According to the affidavit, they were found with “shotgun wounds.”

Anchorage police have also found a vehicle belonging to one of the victims. Police initially asked for the public’s help Thursday morning in looking for a black 2014 Lincoln Navigator, an SUV-type vehicle, with Alaska license plates CHZCKE, according to a community alert.

Just before 11 a.m., police said they had located it. An Anchorage Police Department spokesperson did not give a reason why they were searching for the car when asked by Alaska’s News Source, citing the active nature of the investigation.

Correction: This story has been corrected to reflect that the warrant for arrest and criminal complaint against Jalonni Blackshear were filed after DNA samples were taken from him.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with additional details.

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