Anchorage police are looking for a 22-year-old man whom they are calling a "person of interest" in connection with an East Anchorage double homicide Wednesday morning, according to homicide detective Slawomir Markiewicz.
Police want to talk to James Louis Coven as soon as possible, Markiewicz said, though he declined to say why or to discuss what Coven might know about the slaying of two men who were killed in a barrage of gunfire in a residential neighborhood off Reka Drive.
The detective said it was hoped that Coven's family and friends might encourage him to come forward. Members of the public should not try to approach him, Markiewicz said, but should instead call police.
Coven is described as 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds. Police would release no additional details about him.
"Considering the nature of the crime, the manner in which the two people were killed, we have to consider anyone involved dangerous," he said.
The two victims in the slaying, Christon Lee and Matthew Peterson, were shot to death while sitting in a pickup in the 1600 block of Russian Jack Drive shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday. Police said the suspects, described as two men and a woman, might have fled the scene in a black Cadillac.
The two killings brought to four the number of murders in Anchorage so far this calendar year.
Police are asking that anyone with information on Coven to call them at 786-8900 or 561-7867.