PPA appeal to public over Lasnamäe murder suspects

From left, Ilja Gaidalenko, Maxim Vasiliev and Roman Gluhovtšenko. Source: PPA

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) are searching for three men following a murder in Tallinn on Saturday. The PPA says anyone with information on the whereabouts of the three (picture above): Maxim Vasilievi (30), Roman Gluhovtšenko (32), and Ilja Gaidalenko (34) should contact them, ERR's Estonian-language news reports.

On the morning of Saturday, August 22, the PPA were called out to Läänemere tee in the residential Lasnamäe district of Tallinn, after reports of a fight breaking out.

The PPA says that according to preliminary data, the confrontation started in an entertainment establishment in the area, adding that the two parties were unknown to each other.

The conflict escalated when a 26-year-old man was attacked with a knife. The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries, and subsequently died. A 31-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man were also injured in the affray, though after being given first aid in the hospital, they were allowed to return home.

When PPA personnel arrived at the scene, the three suspects had fled.

The three are permanent Estonian residents who have been repeatedly convicted of criminal offenses in the past, the PPA says.

Head of the criminal division at the PPA's Northern Prefecture, Hisko Vares, said that the police started their work at the crime scene by immediately gathering information and evidence in an effort to track down the suspects.

"We gathered information about their possible direction [after the attack] and we investigated places where the men could have gone to. We ask members of the public who may have any information about the location of the three men to inform the PPA immediately," Vares said, adding that the three men are from Maardu, just outside Tallinn.

"The men's personal descriptions have been forwarded to all patrols, and the criminal police are working hard to catch them," Vares added.

The PPA asks any members of the public who have information on the possible whereabouts of the men, or who has seen any of them since Sunday morning, to report this by dialling 112, or by calling 51 79 643 or emailing pohja.isikuvihje@politsei.ee.

Criminal proceedings are pending in accordance with the section of the Penal Code concerning homicide, ERR's online news in Estonian reports.


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