Troopers arrest man wanted for kidnapping

Alaska State Troopers have arrested a Kasilof man charged with kidnapping and assault who had evaded police.

Troopers arrested Frank E. Bush, 29, at a home in Nikiski just after 2 p.m. Saturday, according to an online troopers dispatch. He was arrested on outstanding felony warrants and taken to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Bush had been charged on March 1 with seven counts including kidnapping for ransom, assault and misconduct involving weapons for events that allegedly took place at the end of February, according to online court records and an affidavit signed by Sgt. Jay Sjogren of the Kenai Police Department.

A man had called 911 on Feb. 26 after allegedly being held by Bush at several homes in the Kasilof and Sterling area and in the back of his pickup truck. The man told police he and Bush had gone to a home near Soldotna for Bush to pick up a snowmachine and ATV, and that Bush became upset when the machines weren’t there. The man was able to escape Bush’s truck after calling the police, and officers met him at a home in Kenai as he escaped, according to the affidavit.

Bush fled the scene on foot and had been evading officers since. A woman who officers saw running after the victim as he escaped, 31-year-old Katie Wright, was arrested on one count of kidnapping, according to the affidavit.

The alleged victim told officers Bush had beat him and tried to force him to perform sexual acts on a dog that was at one of the homes he was being held at, Sjogren wrote in the affidavit. He refused, and Bush is also charged with one count of cruelty to animals for the attempted act, according to online court records.

— Staff Report

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