Residents hog-tie suspect until authorities arrive

Posted: Sunday, May 05, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Residents of a Hatcher Pass-area home tied up a 22-year-old domestic violence suspect after wrestling him to the floor.

Nathan Binkley, whose teeth were knocked out in the struggle, faces three counts of fourth-degree assault and one count each of first-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, and first-degree trespass.

Alaska State Troopers were called at 5:23 a.m. Tuesday to the home of Delbert and Jacqueline Simineo. Trooper Eric Spitzer found Binkley in a pool of blood in the foyer. Several of his teeth were broken, and his hands and feet were tied.

The Simineos rent a cabin on their property to Binkley's wife, Martha, and her three children. Binkley and his wife recently got back together and Binkley moved in with her, Simineo said, but they soon began arguing frequently.

About 5 a.m. Tuesday, Simineo said, Martha Binkley came over to his house after being beaten up and asked to use the phone. Simineo said he let her in, then her husband came over screaming threats.

Simineo tried block Binkley at the doorway and tried to calm him down, but Binkley picked up a brick and threw it at a window. Simineo locked the door but Binkley crashed through it, Simineo.

''So then I just tried to hold him for a while,'' he told the Anchorage Daily News. ''He was thrashing around, and so I kind of got him rolled around with his face down, had my wife go get some rope, and we just hog-tied him real good.''

A Ukrainian exchange student staying with the Simineos woke up and ran downstairs to help subdue Binkley while Jacqueline Simineo called authorities.

''Nathan Binkley admitted to forcibly entering the Simineo residence to stop his wife from calling the police,'' according to an affidavit signed by Spitzer. ''He said that he did not do anything wrong.''

Sgt. Mark Ridling said the Simineos acted in self-defense and will not face charges for detaining Binkley.

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