Three arraigned in East Side homicide
By Joe Gorman
Katlynn Kolin says she has information for police that will show her brother could not have been involved in the death of a East Side man.
Clutching a pile of receipts she said proves her brother’s innocence, Kolin, older sister of 20-year-old Alex New, also said her brother was a friend of the victim, Marion Bugdal, 52, whose body police found Sunday. She was at New’s arraignment hearing Monday in municipal court.
Also arraigned were Johnnathen Figueroa, 19, and Fred Nolasco, 23. The three men are all in the Mahoning County jail on $1 million bond on charges of aggravated murder in the death of Bugdal, who police believe was shot and killed Thursday during a burglary at his Bennington Avenue home.
Bugdal’s body was discovered about 11 a.m. Sunday in the kitchen of his home, which was heavily damaged in a July 2 fire.
The scars from the burns Bugdal suffered from that fire could be seen Wednesday when he met with a Vindicator reporter to follow up on a complaint he had made a couple of weeks before with the same reporter that police were not taking seriously a series of crimes at his home.
Bugdal claimed he was stabbed, his home broken into, and he was robbed. He said police were not following up on his case because they did not like him.
Lt. Doug Bobovnyik of the detective bureau, who was one of the investigators called out when Bugdal’s body was found, said detectives had visited Bugdal’s home frequently but he was not home. Bobovnyik said every visit was documented as part of the case notes kept by the detectives assigned to the case. Bobovnyik also said Bugdal did not have a phone.
Bugdal’s home was heavily damaged in the July 2 fire, Bobovnyik said. He said the house was “gutted,” but Bugdal still stayed there.
Bobovnyik said police were able to track down the people they think were responsible for Bugdal’s death through reports he made.
New came up in a June 26 report when detectives ran records checks when Kolin made a report about a stolen .22-caliber Ruger. She said in that report her brother took the gun.
From there, detectives then learned Nolasco was arrested over the weekend by Mill Creek MetroParks police and he had a .22-caliber handgun reported stolen. The gun was Kolin’s.
New was with Nolasco when he was arrested, Bobovnyik said.
At the arraignments, Assistant City Prosecutor Jeffrey Moliterno said Nolasco, Figueroa and New went to Bugdal’s home because New told them Bugdal had gold bars in the house and was rich. When they got inside, an arrest report for Nolasco said Bugdal confronted them with a pipe and told them to get out, and New shot him several times.
After court, Kolin said her brother was with her all night Thursday until Friday, and he accompanied her on several errands and to get food, which are the receipts she wanted to show to investigators.
Bugdal’s death is the 10th homicide in the city this year. Last year, Youngstown had 18 homicides.