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5 indicted on federal charges in attack on Anchorage man

October 3, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five Anchorage residents have been indicted on federal charges after prosecutors said they worked together to kidnap and beat a man who was delivered to a hospital in an animal cage last year.

U.S. Attorney for Alaska Bryan Schroder announced Tuesday the new charges against 29-year-old Macauther Vaifanua, 28-year-old Faamanu Vaifanua, 30-year-old Jeffery Ahvan, 25-year-old Rex Faumui, and 22-year-old Tamole Lauina.

Four were indicted on federal kidnapping charges while Lauina has been charged with being an accessory after the fact. They also have been charged in state court.

Federal authorities said Abshir Mohamed was left with severe injuries after he was beaten by an “aluminum baseball bat, a broom stick, and stomps to the head” in August 2017, KTVA-TV reported .

The attack occurred after a “drug trafficking relationship” soured between the suspects and Mohamed, Schroder said. Mohamed was lured to an Anchorage home and “forcibly bound and gagged.”

Following the beating, the victim was put into a metal dog cage and loaded onto a truck, prosecutors said. Mohamed was dropped off at the hospital, receiving emergency treatment for fractures to his face and skull that required brain surgery.

Macauther and Faamanu Vaifanua also have been charged with drug trafficking conspiracy and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking, occurring between January 2015 and August 2017, according to the indictment.

All remain in custody and are expected to be arraigned in federal court this week.

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Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.com

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