March 10th, 2014. Anchorage, AK. 55-year-old Robert Workman and 47-year-old Mae Melovidov were camped out in a tent, within a wooded area alongside a busy street. A third man had joined the couple in the tent that evening. One could guess any number of things the three were doing on what could only imagine was shaping up to be a typical, cold Alaskan night. As the evening soon turned to nightfall the three innocent victims were ambushed by a man brandishing a pistol. He stealthily peeled open the tent entrance and began firing in rapid succession into the tent, injuring all three inside. The man quickly turned tail and fled the scene with no one catching a good glimpse of him.
Robert Workman would be pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities soon made it to the scene but saw that the 2 living victims were in no shape to aid in the investigation. Mae Melovidov would later die a few hours after the incident. The couple had only been dating for a few months but reports said they were in good spirits and enjoyed each other’s company.
The last survivor was able to give a better description of the gunman but unfortunately it was a bit vague. He reported that the shooter as male and approximately 6 feet tall, with an average build and dark, shoulder length hair. He was unable to give an approximate age and race but was able to describe the killer’s jacket; black with red, vertical stripes on the back.
Police would go on to scour the area with K9 units with the hopes of locating a suspect or any additional evidence but came up with nothing. The murderer left no obvious signs leading some to suspect that the crime was completely at random.
It has been over 5 years and authorities are still in the dark as to who could have committed this disturbing act of violence that cut short, two innocent lives. If you have any information regarding the murders of Robert Workman and Mae Melovidov, please contact www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com where your tip can be reported anonymously.