Two arrested in man’s murder

• Video recorded the suspects’ eight minute visit
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune

Two arrests were made in connection with the murder of Anchor Point resident Demian Sagerser, found dead July 8 from two gun shot wounds to the chest.
Demarqus Deshean Green, 20, was arrested Aug. 31 in Anchorage after Alaska State Troopers and Anchorage Police surveillance units staked out his home on 13th Avenue. He was charged with first and second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and tampering with evidence.
Nancie Modeste, 26, was charged with tampering with evidence and multiple drug charges.
In a six-page affidavit filed by the Alaska State Troopers, a long story leading to the murder unwinds in a tale of vengeance and drug dealing.
Cimmaron Tangman, the friend who found Sagerser dead at about 8 p.m. that night, was able to help with the investigation because he had spent the day leading up to the murder with Sagerser and knew the victim videotaped the activity at his cabin.
On July 7, Tangman spent the day shopping in Soldotna with Sagerser. When they returned to Anchor Point, Tangman unloaded sheetrock while Sagerser had visitors whom he told to leave. There were several mason jars of marijuana on his counter and coffee table, which Sagerser raised for sale. A couple of days prior to this, Sagerser borrowed Tangman’s iphone to send a text message and photo of himself with a bunch of marijuana to prove he had it, and he was trying to sell a quarter-pound for $1,200.
“The Anchorage person didn’t want to pay that much, saying he was a ‘big fish’ and wanted a better price,” the affidavit states.
Tangman left the house to get home, and returned a few hours later after remembering he had left a box of sheetrock mud in the back of his van. There he found the door open, the marijuana missing and Sagerser dead with a bullet wound in this torso and another in his rib cage. Tangman took the video camera with him home to see if the murder was recorded.
“Tangman viewed the pictures on his laptop computer and there was only one person in all of the pictures whom he didn’t know. It was a big guy in a red jacket,” the report states.
A few hours later, Tangman went to the Anchor Point Trooper station to report the murder-robbery and gave them the camera.
When the troopers received search warrants, they went through the video tape footage and found the lone suspect. It verified the time line related by Tangman, showing the eight minutes of the suspect’s visit. The male was wearing a red jacket, red flat brimmed ball cap, baggy dark blue jeans and a red T-shirt.
Trooper investigation then focused on the cell number recorded in a call hours before Sagerser’s death. The phone belonged to Jimmy Stevenson, but was used by the suspect after it had been taken from Stevenson by Green, according to the investigation findings. Subscriber information showed the phone traveled from Anchorage to Sagerser’s residence and back to Soldotna where all data and voice connections with that number were terminated.
The troopers also looked at video footage from Walmart, where Green had shopped with Stevenson after leaving Anchor Point. They also found the gun, a 9mm Smith and Wesson on Green’s person at the time he was contacted by police.
In Stevenson’s interview with the troopers, he said he had waited for Green in Soldotna. The next day, Green told Stevenson he went to buy some marijuana from someone and that person “disrespected him” and “he had to take care of business.”
On Sept. 5, investigators with the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit contacted and arrested Nancie Modeste, age 26, near a residential building off Erickson Street, in Anchorage, on an outstanding arrest warrant for tampering with evidence. Her arrest warrant stemmed from the homicide investigation in Anchor Point, according to Alaska State Troopers.
While searching Modeste’s person after her arrest, investigators found three plastic bags containing numerous smaller baggies of crack and powder cocaine packaged for distribution, totaling 32.6 gross grams. In her vehicle, investigators found an additional 85.7 gross grams of crack and powder cocaine, scales, drug packaging materials, cutting agents and three handguns.
One of the handguns had been reported stolen to the Anchorage Police Department on Sept. 3. Another firearm had the serial number obliterated. Police say Modeste has a prior felony conviction and is prohibited from possessing a firearm. Modeste was remanded to Anchorage jail on the arrest warrant and additional charges of second, third and four-degree misconduct involving controlled substances. Three additional charges of misconduct involving weapons and second-degree theft were forwarded to the District Attorney’s office. A total of 118.3 gross grams (4.17 ounces) of cocaine were seized in this case with an estimated street value of $11,830.
On Sept. 1, troopers conducted an interview with an associate of Stevenson, Green and Modeste. This person said that Modeste “had told them that Green was a ‘murderer’ and that after ‘it went down in Soldotna,’ Modeste told Green to change his clothes and helped him burn the clothing and ‘other evidence’ from the crime.”

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