Arrest made following discovery of woman’s body in Sand Lake neighborhood

Published: Sep. 11, 2022 at 9:30 AM AKDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2022 at 1:00 PM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage police said late Sunday that a 33-year-old man is facing murder charges in connection with the death of a woman whose body was found Sunday morning in a Sand Lake neighborhood.

According to charging documents, Antony Socarras is facing one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder for the slaying of his girlfriend Angela Telles.

The charging documents show that a juvenile living in the home at the time of the shooting told police three separate altercations occurred between Telles and Socarras on Sunday morning. The juvenile told investigators during an interview that at approximately 3 a.m., Socarras and Telles were heard loudly arguing before Socarras left the home.

The charging documents said that Socarras then returned at approximately 4 a.m. The juvenile reported that shortly after Socarras returned, a gunshot was heard but no one was hurt. The juvenile reported hearing Telles say “why did you do that” before a gunshot was fired at approximately 7:20 a.m. Charging documents reported that the juvenile then contacted relatives who then reported the killing.

Socarras — who the Anchorage Police Department said is the person who originally called APD dispatch earlier Sunday morning, reporting he was armed and wanted to harm himself — was taken into custody soon after officers responded to his residence on Bearberry Street near West 82nd Avenue.

However, police said when officers first arrived, Socarras was not there; instead, they discovered the body of Telles, who had been shot inside the residence. Socarras appeared to have fled on foot, leading to officers forming a perimeter as SWAT responded.

“Once SWAT located Socarras hiding in a ditch, Socarras refused to follow commands,” police wrote. “Which led SWAT to utilize less lethal tactics to affect the arrest. Those tactics included the deployment of chemical agents, less lethal impact munitions, and K9.”

A taser was not deployed, as originally stated by police, who also said Socarras had a handgun in his possession when found by law enforcement.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police discovered the body of a woman in a Sand Lake neighborhood on Sunday, and her death is being investigated as a homicide, according to an online report from the Anchorage Police Department.

Police said that at 8:11 a.m., police received a call from a man who made suggestions that he wanted to harm himself.

Police responded to the area of Bearberry Street near West 82nd Avenue, where they found the woman’s body. They also found a man hiding in a ditch near 78th Avenue and Jewel Lake Road.

After making several attempts to gain compliance, police used chemical agents.

“The suspect refused to follow commands at which time a taser was deployed,” police wrote. “The suspect remained non-compliant; K9 Midas was released. Midas make contact with the suspect which allowed SWAT to take the suspect into custody.”

APD investigating Sand Lake homicide Sunday
APD investigating Sand Lake homicide Sunday(Courtesy - Allison)

The suspect was taken to a hospital for a dog bite and was questioned by police afterward. The crime scene team is investigating the scene.

The Anchorage Police Department Special Operations, which included SWAT, the Crisis Negotiation Team, and the Tactical Support Unit, responded to the area.

This story has been updated with new information.

Correction: This story has been changed to reflect the age of Antony Socarras as 33 years old. The initial Anchorage Police Department dispatch incorrectly stated Soccarras’ age.