UPDATE: Third suspect arrested in Anchorage dog kennel attempted murder case
Rex Faumui, the third suspect sought by police in the attempted murder of Abshir Mohammed, was arrested Tuesday evening after calling Anchorage Police dispatch to turn himself in.
Faumui was taken into custody at the Anchorage Cemetary without incident.
Two men, wanted by Anchorage police for over a year, are now in custody, police say, after a tip led to the arrest of one, and the other turned himself in at the Anchorage Jail.
Macauther “Mac” Vaifanua, 28, and his brother Faamanu "Junior" Vaifanua, 27, were wanted for their alleged involvement in an attempted murder case in August 2017, involving the bludgeoning and caging of a 34-year-old man inside a dog kennel.
Their wanted status led to arrests
Now, the Anchorage Police Department says the two brothers are behind bars, but a third man also involved in the attempted murder case is still on the loose.
Police with APD's Investigative Support Unit set up a perimeter around a home which Faamanu was thought to be in on the 8900 block of Arlon Street. MJ Thim, spokesperson with APD, said Faamanu took off out of the back of the home, but was shortly capture after. Macauther turned himself in.
"Rex Faumui is still at large," said Thim. "And like the other two before they were caught, Rex is considered armed and dangerous, we don't want anyone to approach him, but call 911 if he is spotted."
It's now been over a year since the case led police to ask for the public's help, circulating mugshots of the suspects involved.
At that time, August 13, 2017, four men were indicted for attempted to kill another man, 34 year old Abshir Mohammed, by beating him repeatedly with an aluminum bat, and locking him inside an animal crate at a home in East Anchorage.
One of those four men, Jeffrey Ahvan, 29, was arrested. The other three, the Vaifanua brothers and Faumui, eluded capture until the two bothers were arrested on Aug. 26. Faumui is still at large.
"This arrest was high risk for our officers based on the past behavior of [Faamanu Vaifanua]," said Thim. Now, the investigation will turn to Faumui.