Latvian police hand over man suspected of killing another to Estonian colleagues

  • 2020-10-28
  • LETA/BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Latvian police on Tuesday handed over to their Estonian colleagues Roman Gluhhovtsenko, who is suspected of stabbing a man to death in a bar quarrel in Tallinn's Lasnamae district in the early morning of August 22.

As the court had previously issued an arrest warrant for Gluhhovtsenko in absentia, there is no need to conduct a new arrest warrant procedure.

On October 24, the Police and Border Guard Board received a message from Latvian colleagues that 32-year-old Roman Gluhhovtsenko, who had been declared wanted in Estonia and was suspected of killing another person on Tallinn's Laanemere Street, was detained near Riga.

Urmet Tambre, head of the office for criminal investigations at the North Prefecture, said that Gluhhovtsenko was detained by Latvian police on the street and no one was injured in his detention.

After 8 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 22, the police were called to Laanemere Street in Lasnamae, after reports of a fight breaking out. According to preliminary data, the confrontation started in an entertainment establishment in the area, escalating on the street, where a 26-year-old man was attacked with a knife. The man was seriously injured and was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Also injured in the fight were a 31-year-old woman and 39-year-old man, who were allowed home for treatment after receiving first aid.

The police started looking for 30-year-old Maxim Vassiljev, 32-year-old Roman Gluhhovtsenko and 34-year-old Ilja Gaidalenko. Police detained Vassiljev and Gaidalenko already in August and both were taken into custody, but Gluhhovtsenko was able to escape.