Kidnapping charge added to DV assault

A Kenai grand jury last week added a charge of kidnapping to an initial charge of third-degree assault in a Nov. 30 incident.

Alaska State Troopers last month arrested Lucky D. Ackerman, 36, on a charge of third-degree assault, a class C felony, and fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. Ackerman now faces the more serious charge of kidnapping, an unclassified felony. All the charges are domestic violence related. The kidnapping indictment charges that Ackerman restrained a woman “with intent to inflict physical injury or sexually assault” her. 

In charging documents and an affidavit filed on Dec. 1, Alaska State Trooper John Probst said that about 3:30 p.m. Nov. 30, a woman called 911 to report Ackerman had assaulted her at her home. Probst found the woman at a neighbor’s house and said she told him Ackerman had been beating her for the past day. She said she finally jumped out of her bedroom window and ran to a neighbor’s house. 

Probst said he saw swelling on the woman’s right cheek, a cut on her upper lip, and bruising and swelling on her left ring finger. Probst said the woman told him that Ackerman had been staying at her house for several days, and at about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 30 started acting crazy. 

In the complaint, Probst said the woman claimed Ackerman lifted her by her ankles and held her with her head above the floor, made her sit on the couch and not move, put her on the floor and kicked her ribs, and held a small stool over her head and threatened to shove it down her throat and kill her if she moved.

With the woman’s permission, Probst went to her home, but did not find Ackerman. The trooper said the place was in disarray, with furniture knocked over and holes in the wall, and that the bedroom was “a total mess,” with a broken dresser and lamp.

Troopers later arrested Ackerman and he is at Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai.

In December 2013, Ackerman had been charged with auto theft, burglary, trespassing and theft. Homer Police found a stolen 2002 Subaru at the same home where the recent assault happened and charged Ackerman with stealing it. Ackerman had been a suspect in burglaries in the West Hill area, and some stolen goods were found near the stolen car.

Some burglary and theft charges were dismissed, including a charge that Ackerman stole an iPhone from a Homer criminal defense lawyer. Ackerman pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary, first-degree trespassing, violating conditions of release, first-degree vehicle theft and second-degree theft. He was sentenced to 20 months in jail with 16 months suspended and placed on probation for four years. According to online court records, a petition to revoke probation also has been filed.

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