James Clinton18 - Photo via Anchorage Police Department
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage police have identified a teenage male severely beaten and found Monday in a Downtown apartment building, after police were alerted to his location by an anonymous note.
In a Thursday statement, APD spokesperson Anita Shell says James Clinton remains in critical condition at a local hospital. He was found in a building on the 800 block of Barrow Street, after someone slipped a note beneath the door at University Police Department headquarters on the University of Alaska Anchorage's campus.
"The note indicated that the tipster wanted authorities to know about a teen who had recently been beaten and left to die inside an abandoned building," Shell wrote.
Shell says the structure where Clinton was found was owned by Covenant House, and had previously been scheduled for demolition Thursday.
"Detectives have gathered the evidence they need from the building, therefore the demolition will continue as planned," Shell wrote.
While it's not standard APD policy to release photos of victims in crimes, Shell says police are distributing an image of Clinton -- who was known to hang out in the Downtown area -- in an effort to reach his acquaintances.
"This kid went by some nicknames," Shell said. "We're hoping the release of this photo might drag out some information from associates or friends who knew him by another name."
According to Shell, investigators are continuing to work the case, with no indications that it is related to drugs or gangs.
"Detectives are still trying to piece together who assaulted James Clinton and why," Shell wrote.
Anyone with information on the assault against Clinton is asked to call APD at 786-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP.
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