Homer man kidnapped, nearly beaten to death over car fire

Assault leads to 3 arrests

Posted: Friday, November 24, 2006

A 19-year-old Homer man was hospitalized Wednesday after he was kidnapped, severely beaten and left near his family’s home in the Fall Creek Road area.

Enforcement officers learned Mihay Kalugin, of Homer, had been assaulted early Wednesday morning after a family member took him to South Peninsula General Hospital sometime before 1:30 a.m.

At the hospital Homer police and Alaska State Troopers found a man suffering from tremendous injuries, said Sgt. Tom Dunn of the Alaska State Troopers in Anchor Point.

“His injuries were the worst I’ve ever seen in my career ... on a human without going the extra step to death,” he said.

Homer police, troopers, Special Emergency Reaction Team troopers and Alaska Bureau of Investigation officers responded to the assault.

Their investigation lead them to a residence on Belnap Drive in the Diamond Ridge area where ABI investigators and SERT troopers identified and arrested Savva Basargin, 25, of Homer, Alexander Sergeev, 22, of Anchorage and Vladimir Bystrov, 21, of Anchorage as suspects.

All the suspects were charged with kidnapping, first-degree assault and tampering with evidence.

In their search for suspects, investigators interviewed Kalugin, but because of the severity of his injuries he had struggled to communicate.

Kalugin was able to mumble the first name of one of the suspects. Using the name Kalugin provided and other scraps of information, investigators linked the crime to a vehicle arson that had occurred approximately one day earlier, and to the three suspects arrested.

At about 3 a.m. Tuesday, the Homer Volunteer Fire Department responded to Belnap Drive to extinguish a vehicle fire. The vehicle, a Lexus, was ruined and is believed to have motivated the assault, Dunn said.

“We believe the vehicle fire was part of why one of the suspects did what they did,” he said. “But we are not at this time convinced that the person that they chose to go after was the one that did it. There’s no evidence to support it ... (and) the victim of this current crime is not a suspect in arson,”

Dunn said Basargin claimed the Lexus was his, but that it may have belonged to the suspect’s mother. Dunn said he did not know what year the Lexus was, but that it appeared to be a newer model.

Basargin has been living in the home on Belnap Drive where the three suspects were found and arrested. Dunn said investigators do not know were Basargin’s mother is, but that he said she is somewhere in Oregon.

Dunn said troopers are contacting the Russian Consulate because one of the three suspects is a foreign national on a student visa, but he could not recall which.

In the meantime investigators are working as quickly as possible on the case, he said.

“Not doing everything we can as quickly as we can in my mind is a failure to the victim,” he said.

Patrice Kohl can be reached at patricekohl@peninsulaclarion.com.

Homer News reporter Michael Armstrong contributed to this report.



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