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Anchorage Police Department
Friday August 18th, 2017 :: 11:40 a.m. AKDT


Update: 5th person sought in Cimarron Circle assault and kidnapping; public help needed

Officers are also looking for a 5th person. He's considered a person of interest in this investigation. He’s an adult male (photo attached) who was at the residence during the assault.

In addition to locating him, officers are looking for help identifying him.
All five people are considered armed and dangerous. The public should call APD immediately if seen and NOT attempt to make any contact with the suspects and/or person of interest.

If you have any information, including surveillance video, regarding this investigation, please call APD Dispatch at 786-8900 (press “0” to speak with an operator).  To remain anonymous you may contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or online at

Update 8/18/17 11:13 a.m.:
The preliminary investigation found that Abshir Mohamed was kidnapped and taken to the 6500 block of Cimarron Circle where he was assaulted. Mohamed was last seen the afternoon of 8/13/17 by his girlfriend.
Between the time his girlfriend last saw him and the time he showed up at a hospital, Mohamed was bound and beaten inside the garage of a residence in the 6500 block of Cimarron Circle. He was then placed inside an animal cage, still bound, and dropped off at a local hospital. He was still inside the cage. The driver of the vehicle remained at the hospital and was questioned by officers.
Officers are looking for 4 suspects. Arrest warrants have been issued for the following (photos and warrants attached):
1)Macauther Vaifanua (28-years-old)
2)Faamanu Vaifanua (27-years-old)
3)Jeffery Ahvan (29-years-old)
4)Tamole Lauina (21-years-old)
The Vaifanuas and Ahvan are facing charges of Kidnapping and Assault 1.
Lauina is facing a charge of Kidnapping.

Mohamed remains in critical condition at a hospital.
This was a targeted crime and not random.
On 8/13/17 at 5:43 p.m., a local hospital requested officers to the emergency room for a critically injured adult male.
Officers found that the victim had been assaulted.
Investigators are requesting the public’s help in determining the victim’s whereabouts prior to being dropped off at the hospital.
He’s been identified as Abshir Mohamed (24-years-old).
APD Case: 17-32659

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

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

MJ Thim
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