Judson Sherrell, 21, stole the silver 2005 Subaru Legacy Wagon of Carole Jo Romberg, 75, of Fairbanks, Alaska, United States. At 12:06 a.m. on September 3, 2022, Fairbanks Police Department officers responded to a report of the vehicle crashing into the garage door of a residence in Fairbanks.
Upon arrival, the officers found Romberg dead inside an apartment near the residence. She died of injuries inflicted upon her and her death was not caused by the vehicle hitting the garage door, according to the Fairbanks Police Department.
Sherrell is not from Fairbanks and he did not know Romberg. His residence has yet to be confirmed.
After crashing the vehicle into the garage door, Sherrell drove away. He drove through the Canadian border to the area of the Haines, Alaska border crossing where the car broke down.
On September 4, 2022, Sherrell tried to cross into Alaska on foot and was apprehended and detained by the U.S. Border Patrol without incident. He was transported to Haines where he was held until Fairbanks Police Department detectives arrived to arrest him.
The detectives transported Sherrell to Juneau, Alaska where he was jailed. He was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree vehicle theft.
Incorporated on November 10, 1903, Fairbanks was named for Charles Warren Fairbanks, who served as the 26th U.S. vice president from March 4, 1905 to March 4, 1909. The city is home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which was established in 1917.
Former National Football League player Daryn Wayne Colledge, 40, was born in Fairbanks. Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Paul Varelans, who died in 2021 at the age of 51, attended West Valley High School in Fairbanks.