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Fairbanks man, female juvenile arrested and charged in murder plot

An 18-year-old Fairbanks man and a 16-year-old female juvenile have been arrested and charged...
An 18-year-old Fairbanks man and a 16-year-old female juvenile have been arrested and charged in relation to plotting and attempting to murder the female’s mother.(KTUU)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 4:05 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - An 18-year-old Fairbanks man and a 16-year-old female juvenile have been arrested and charged in relation to plotting and attempting to murder the female’s mother.

Monday afternoon, the Fairbanks Police Department (FPD) posted on Facebook asking for the public’s help locating a potentially dangerous suspect who was wanted for questioning regarding a violent situation that had occurred Sunday June 6.

On Tuesday June 8, FPD released more information surrounding the circumstances of the case.

Sunday June 6, the Fairbanks Emergency Communication Center (FECC) received a report of suspicious circumstances in the woods near the 1600 block of Crosson Avenue, near Denali Elementary and Growden Park. The caller advised that while she and her mother were walking in the woods, her mother attacked her (the caller) and she ran away.

Around the same time, an adult female called 911 to report that while she was walking in the woods with her daughter, she was attacked by her daughter’s boyfriend with a crowbar. The boyfriend left the scene in a burgundy pick-up truck and the caller believed that her daughter, who is 16-years-old, was with the boyfriend. The boyfriend was identified as Harley Hunter Morris, 18 of Fairbanks.

The adult female 911 caller was given a ride to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital by a family member and an FPD officer responded at the hospital to meet her. The victim reported having sustained significant injuries to her head and face during the attack. She stated that her daughter, identified as Ahviana Johnkins, 16 of Fairbanks, had asked her to go play volleyball together, and on the walk back to their house the victim was attacked from behind. According to the victim she was hit several times with the crowbar, strangled, and put into a chokehold. She also reported that the attacker said things like “I’m going to kill you, you can’t keep her from me”. During the assault the victim was able to free herself from her attacker and run away.

An FPD officer patrolling in the area where the assault took place, was flagged down by a potential witness, who stated that a teenage female had knocked on her door and asked to use the phone. The teenager was picked up approximately 5 minutes later by an adult male in a burgundy pick-up truck, matching the description of Harley Hunter Morris. Through further investigation officers were able to connect Morris to the phone number called by the teenage female, later confirmed to be Ahviana Johnkins.

Law enforcement began actively searching for Morris and Johnkins, and on Monday June 7 at approximately 5:00 p.m. Alaska State Troopers spotted a vehicle matching the description of Morris’ pick-up truck at mile marker 306 on the Richardson Highway, near Birch Lake. Both Morris and Johnkins were in the vehicle at the time of the stop and transported back to the Fairbanks Police Department for questioning.

During questioning by detectives, Morris stated that Johnkins was “not safe at home”. Johnkins told detectives that she was in a relationship with Morris and that her mother had expressed objections and did not want her seeing him. She went on to tell detectives that her mother was abusing her and she had shared this information with Morris.

According to Johnkins, her and Morris had been communicating and planning for approximately a week on how to kill her mother. Johnkins went on to say that she didn’t know how Morris was planning on killing her mother, but that he told her she just needed to take her mom for a walk into the woods where ‘he would take care of it’.

Harley Hunter Morris was booked into the Fairbanks Correctional Center (FCC) on the charges of Attempted Murder in the First Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the First Degree.

Ahviana Johnkins was booked into FCC on the charge of Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the First Degree. She is being charged as an adult.

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with additional information about this incident should contact Lt. Amy Davis at adavis@fairbanks.us or 907-450-6565.

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