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Mayhem like me: Two murders, neither solved, suspects sought

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Last week, Anchorage’s second homicide of 2018 took place, and police are looking for two persons of interest.

Carlton Tarkington and Aarron Settje are wanted in connection with the East Anchorage shooting death of 33-year-old Kortez Brown. Investigators believe they may have information regarding the events that led to Brown’s death from a single gunshot wound.

But the two also have existing felony warrants out for their arrests on other charges.

Settje has had a string of run-ins with the law. In mid-October, he was charged with Class C Felony theft, and earlier that month he was charged with causing fear of injury with a weapon, also a Class C felony, as well as criminal trespass. He has an association with the Soldotna-Kenai communities and may have worked as a laborer at an asphalt company.

In 2013, he changed his Facebook profile photo to something ominous:

But Tarkington? He started his criminal life early. He now has a record a mile-long, and has had a warrant out for his arrest for assault with a weapon.

In 2016, he and another man were accused of watching a man withdraw cash from an ATM at a gas station. They then followed the victim to his house and robbed him at gunpoint on Mercy Drive in Eagle River, according to police. They also took the victim’s phone.

The robbery occurred at 8 pm.

“It was reported that the suspects had taken the victim’s phone and the victim was able to track the phone’s location. Officers were able to find the suspect vehicles at the Tesoro parking lot located at 545 Muldoon Road.”

Police charged 27-year-old Kyon Watson and 23-year-old Tarkington with first degree robbery. Tarkington is now just 25 years old.

Tarkington has been out of jail on community supervision status.


The first homicide of the year came shortly after midnight on Jan. 1, when an Anchorage man walked out of a downtown bar downtown, and someone emptied some cartridges into him.

Thirty-nine-year-old Timothy Smith broke the First Law of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s public safety plan: “Don’t go out after midnight.”

Timothy Smith was gunned down on New Years Day.

Smith lasted a few minutes into 2018 before he was shot dead near 4th and D Streets.

Police are still looking for the occupants of a silver Chevy TrailBlazer that was in the area and sped away. Someone must have seen it. It was caught on security cameras nearby:

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • I’m pretty sure everyone is wondering the same thing, why are they out?

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