Man accused of breaking into Anchorage home, killing 1 neighbor, injuring another

Phillip M. Barger, 33, is accused of homicide involving forced entry into an Anchorage home Saturday night, where a man and woman, who lived in the home
Published: Jul. 2, 2023 at 10:33 AM AKDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2023 at 10:58 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Anchorage police are investigating a homicide after a man died from his injuries following an assault, police wrote in a news release.

Phillip M. Barger, 33, is charged with second-degree murder, burglary, manslaughter and fourth-degree assault.

On Saturday shortly after 9 p.m., officers came to a home in the 9400 block of Brayton Drive on a report of an assault.

Barger is accused of forcing entry into a home and physically assaulting a man — identified Monday as 88-year-old Francisco Martin Jr. — and a woman who lived there, police said. Both victims were transported to the hospital where Martin died. The woman suffered minor injuries.

Barger is accused of running from the scene before being located by responding officers in the 9700 block of Vanguard Drive.

He was taken into custody at about 10:32 p.m. without incident.

Barger was taken to the Anchorage Police Department where he was questioned by detectives and later remanded to the Anchorage jail.

The motive remains under investigation.