Man wanted in connection to Anchorage double homicide is arrested in New York

A headshot of a man wearing a black shirt and metal chain as he looks straight into the camera.
Jalonni M. Blackshear is described as a person of interest in an April 2022 double homicide in Anchorage. (Anchorage police)

Federal authorities in New York have arrested an Anchorage man in connection with a double homicide.

Jalonni Blackshear, 39, is alleged to have fled Alaska prior to police discovering the bodies of his 35-year-old wife and 14-year-old daughter dead as a result of shotgun blasts, according to court documents filed Wednesday following the arrest.

Blackshear had been charged with sexual abuse of a minor, according to the court documents, which were filed in New York to support a federal charge that Blackshear fled Alaska to avoid prosecution.

The documents say Blackshear had been an Alaska correctional officer. That was until late March, when investigators executed a DNA search warrant on him in the child sex abuse case and he abruptly quit his job, the filing says.

Anchorage police used cell tower data to find cellphones belonging to Blackshear and one of the victims on Staten Island in New York, according to the court documents.

State and federal officials are working to extradite Blackshear back to Alaska.

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Casey Grove is the host of Alaska News Nightly and a general assignment reporter at Alaska Public Media with an emphasis on crime and courts. Reach him at cgrove@alaskapublic.org.

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