UPDATE: Police identify fatal stabbing victim on 4th and Karluk; KTUU spoke to his sister

Published: Jun. 28, 2017 at 4:44 PM AKDT
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Update - June 30:

Anchorage police have identified Thursday's fatal stabbing victim as 30-year-old Dennis Heimdahl.

The vicitm's sister, Madison Meredith, says that Heimdahl was in line at the Bean's Cafe when an altercation took place. He left with some friends. Around a block away he was stabbed multiple times in the torso.

Heimdahl was declared deceased at the scene.

Meredith says her brother had lived a troubled life, he had spent time in jail and had been close to homeless since the age of 18.

She also said that he had recently been doing spice and she suspected that the drug may have been a factor in his death.

Meredith said however that Heimdal was a good person.

"He had a good heart. He made bad choices but that didn't make him a bad person," said Meredith.

She also described how close the two siblings were.

"He was just a really good protector and I looked up to him, it breaks my heart. He wasn't only my brother, he was my best friend," said Meredith.

The Anchorage Police Department has not publicly named a suspect. The investigation is still ongoing.

Original Story

A suspect is still at large in the fatal stabbing of a man Wednesday in the area of 4th Avenue and Karluk Street.

It happened around 4:15 p.m. when APD first received reports that a person had been stabbed in the torso. When police arrived on scene, the victim was declared deceased.

APD set up a perimeter in the area to try and search for the suspect, the K9 unit was also deployed. An APD spokeswoman could not provide a suspect description but did say police are following up on leads.

A similar incident happened nearly two weeks ago when another man, confirmed to be a Bean's Cafe client, was fatally stabbed in the area. A suspect has not been taken into custody at this time.

Bean's Cafe Executive Director Lisa Sauder told KTUU that Wednesday's victim was also well known in the homeless community and was a client at the downtown soup kitchen.

"Many people are very upset, they are hurting, they lost somebody they love," Sauder said.

Today's fatal stabbing is Anchorage's 17th homicide of the year.