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Anchorage Police Department
Monday April 28th, 2014 :: 02:23 p.m. AKDT


Male Charged in Downtown Assault Resulting in Death of Male and Injuring Two Other Victims

Case: 14-15759

On Saturday, April 19, 2014 just after 3:00 a.m. an Anchorage Police Officer patrolling the downtown area made a stop on the 300 block of W 4th Avenue after being flagged down by a citizen and spotting a male who was lying down on the sidewalk in front of the Panhandle Bar. The officer made contact with the male on the ground and attempted to speak with the male about his condition. The male was not able to speak complete sentences and could not maintain a seated position without losing his balance.

Medics responded to the scene and the male was transported to a local hospital. On Sunday, it was reported to police that the male, identified as 36-year-old Daniel Stewart, was placed on life-support. Stewart was pronounced deceased on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the local hospital.

Upon furthering investigating the incident, it was determined that Stewart had been assaulted by another male just before 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014 on the 300 block of W 4th Avenue – along with two other victims. A preliminary investigation by police revealed that a male suspect, eventually identified as 39-year-old Kenneth Moto, was in a verbal and physical altercation with a female, later identified as 27-year-old Lavon Kittick, on the sidewalk in front of the Panhandle Bar. During the altercation, Moto struck two other victims including Stewart. Moto then left the scene on foot.

The first officer who responded on scene found Stewart and called for medics. When another officer arrived on scene, he noticed a female (Kittick) who appeared to be intoxicated, with what appeared to be a facial injury. She was transported to ANMC for medical treatment and she sustained a broken jaw from the assault.

Kenneth Moto has been charged with Manslaughter, Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Fourth Degree. He has not been taken into police custody at this time. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call police immediately. The case remains under investigation and police are still trying to identify an unknown male victim in this assault.

The investigation also revealed that there were multiple witnesses to the assault who have not made contact with police. Anyone with further information is asked to call police dispatch at 786-8900 or to submit a crime tip anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.

Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900

Jennifer Castro
Public Affairs Unit

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