Fairbanks Police Charge Suspect in Halloween Homicide

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Police have arrested a man in connection with the Halloween homicide that left another stabbed to death in East Fairbanks. Police say the suspect claims he was acting in self defense.
Sheldon Charles Wolfe, 26, has been charged with second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.
Shortly after 7 p.m. yesterday, the Fairbanks Police Department responded to a call of a deceased person in the area of Old Steese Highway and College Road.
Officials found the victim, 40-year-old Armagan Idil, had suffered a stab wound to left side of his neck, but he was still alive. He was transported for Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Detectives were able to follow footprints leaving the scene in the fresh snow. The trail led police toward the Bentley Mall, west along College Road, south on Illinois Street, across the Cushman Street bridge, through a parking lot onto 5th Avenue and into the parking lot of the Alaska Motor Inn.
Police contacted Wolfe there; they say he appeared to have a bruise on his left cheek and was wearing shoes matching the footprints they followed.
Police say Wolfe told officers he and his friend were walking on the Old Steese Highway when they were confronted by Idil. He said Idil yelled at his friend, then struck the friend in the back of the head with a blunt weapon.
Wolfe told officers he got between the two and Idil attacked him. Police say Wolfe told them he stabbed Idil with a butterfly-type knife. Wolfe told police he threw the knife in the Tanana River.
The investigation is ongoing and police are asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Avery Thompson at 450-6549.