Nikolaevsk man indicted for assaulting Seldovia police chief

STAFF REPORT

The Kenai Grand Jury on June 21 indicted a Nikolaevsk man for breaking into the home of Seldovia Police Chief Robin Daniels and assaulting him, causing serious injuries to his arm.

George V. Martushev, 48, faces felony charges of second-degree assault and first-degree burglary and misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest.

According to a criminal complaint by Alaska State Troopers Investigator Kevin Vik, at about 11 p.m. June 18, Daniels said he heard a loud banging on his front door. When he got up to investigate, he saw Martushev inside the house heading toward the living room. Martushev was drunk and got into a fighting position, Vik wrote. He grabbed Daniels’ arm and twisted it.

Daniels pushed Martushev off him and punched and fought with him until they got outside. Daniels got one handcuff on Martushev. Vik said Martushev continued to fight even after Daniels got the second handcuff on him as he was being put into Daniels’ police car parked outside. Martushev also kicked Daniels in the knees, Vik wrote.

Seldovia medics treated Daniels and splinted his arm, advising him to get medical attention. Vik took Daniels to South Peninsula Hospital.

Daniels told Vik he talked to the bartender at a nearby bar, and learned Martushev had been kicked out for being heavily intoxicated. Vik interviewed Martushev, and he told Vik he must have blacked out and didn’t remember going into anyone’s house. He told Vik he was “beaten by the police and some girls from the bar for no reason.”

Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran set bail for Martushev at $10,000. He is being held at Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.

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