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Son-in-law arrested in hit man scheme

TAMPA — For six years, Grigori and Galina Komissarchuk tried to get their daughter and son-in-law to move out of their home. They finally succeeded in 2006 only by spotting them $100,000 for a down payment on a house.

But that was apparently not enough for son-in-law Alex Shevgert, federal prosecutors allege. Shevgert was so angry at his in-laws, they say, that he hired people to brutally attack them.

Shevgert, 52, was arrested Tuesday by federal authorities on a charge of aiding or abetting another to travel across state lines with intent to kill, injure and harass another person. He is being held without bail.

Between September 2006 and April 2007, the Komissarchuks, Russian immigrants from Ukraine who live in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Sarasota, were attacked on at least three occasions, including in the parking lot outside a Brooklyn-area Home Depot and in their Sarasota home.

"Grigori and Galina Komissarchuk are in fear for their lives," prosecutors wrote. "[They] stated that every time they leave their home, they fear another attack could occur."

Both Grigori, 70, and Galina, 65, suffered a range of serious injuries in the attacks, including fractured skulls.

In January, federal agents arrested a Tampa man, Edmon Vardanyan, of 4202 Bismarck Palm Drive, on a charge of interstate stalking with the intent to kill, injure, harass or intimidate stemming from the attacks. Two other men have since been arrested, according to a criminal complaint.

Son-in-law arrested in hit man scheme 06/17/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 12:08pm]
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