Kenai Police arrest 2 on charges of kidnapping, assault

The alleged incident was reported Saturday

The badge for the Kenai Police Department.

The badge for the Kenai Police Department.

Two men were arrested Saturday by Kenai Police on charges of kidnapping and assault.

According to an affidavit written by Investigator Ian Hall and included with charging documents, Kenai Police Department were called around 10 a.m. on Saturday, the caller saying that John Martin, 57, of Kenai, and Douglas Massey, 62, of Nikiski, had held the caller hostage in a home on the Kenai Spur Highway, near Mountain View Elementary, from around 8 p.m. Friday until they escaped and used a neighbor’s phone to call police.

Kenai Police Officer Megan Swangel responded and brought the alleged victim back to the department for a statement, the affidavit says. Swangel observed bruises and marks on their head, arms and shoulder.

The alleged victim said they went to Massey’s home to collect money that Massey owed. When they arrived, only Martin was there. Massey arrived sometime later, the affidavit says, and when Massey couldn’t pay what he owed, he began to assault the alleged victim, the affidavit says.

A search warrant was issued for Massey’s home, and Kenai Police searched the home at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. The affidavit says they found several tools that were reported to have been used in the assault, as well as the alleged victim’s stolen iPhone, car and clothes. They were able to find “blood spatter” in areas described by the alleged victim.

Massey and Martin were detained, the affidavit says, and were each questioned by Hall.

Massey said, according to the affidavit, that he came home late on Friday and found Martin and the alleged victim “hanging out,” denying striking them or seeing anyone else striking them.

Martin said that he didn’t know anyone other than Massey was ever at the house Friday night, and that “he had no idea” what Hall was talking about.

Both men were transported to Wildwood, the affidavit says. Martin was charged with second- and third-degree assault, second-degree sexual assault, kidnapping and fifth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances. Massey was charged with second- and third-degree assault and kidnapping.

According to charging documents, a kidnapping charge describes the alleged crime of restraining another person with the intent to inflict physical injury upon or sexually assault that person, or to place that person or any other in apprehension that they would be subjected to physical injury or sexual assault.

The charge of second-degree assault describes the alleged crime of causing physical injury to another person with a dangerous instrument and the intent to do so. The charge of third-degree assault describes the alleged crime of recklessly placing someone in fear of serious physical injury with a dangerous instrument, recklessly causing physical injury with a dangerous instrument and intentionally placing someone in fear of death or making repeated threats to cause death or serious injury.

The charge of second-degree sexual assault describes the crime of engaging in sexual contact without consent, and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fifth degree describes the crime of possessing a controlled substance.

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