Police release details of arrest in 1995 shooting

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A dispute over a girlfriend may have led to a near-fatal 1995 Anchorage shooting for which an arrest was made last week in Pennsylvania, according to case files.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested 36-year old Adolfo C. Arias outside a restaurant in Berks County on May 10. They acted on a tip provided by Alaska authorities that Arias would be attending a birthday party.

Anchorage police spokeswoman Anita Shell said the victim in the 15-year-old case was Franco Openiano, then 21.

"He was shot five times (in his stomach, legs and thigh) by two men at 10:35 p.m. on Dec. 22, 1995," Shell said in an e-mail response Monday to questions.

Openiano told police he was getting into his car outside his apartment building in east Anchorage when two men approached him from a wooded area where they had apparently been waiting for him.

Openiano reached for a rifle he kept in the back seat of his car, Shell said.

He was initially struck on the head with a handgun then shot as he tried to make his way back into his apartment building.

Openiano survived and told police he believed Arias and his accomplice Preston Clark were retaliating against him over a girlfriend.

Arias was indicted in 1996. Clark was shot and killed that same year in east Anchorage. Shell said the death was connected to gang violence.

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