A Fairbanks District Court Magistrate on Thursday ordered that a 26 year old Salcha man be held without bail for an armed standoff with authorities a day earlier.
Scott Walter Hottinger was arraigned in State Court on charges of Kidnapping, Third Degree Felony Assault, and Violating Conditions of his Bail Release.
According to court records, Hottinger is accused of holding two women, identified in records as "A.M." and "L.C." against their will for hours in a secluded residence
at 9199 Richardson Highway.
Records also allege Hottinger repeatedly threatened the two women with an axe, and also threatened to shoot himself with a handgun.
The alleged victims in the case say Hottinger had been drinking, was also under the influence of Methamphetamines, and "acting erratically."
They told Troopers they were able to escape the residence, but not before Hottinger allegedly said he would "beat, rape and kill" them if they did.
During Thursday's hearing, Fairbanks Assistant District Attorney William Spier said Hottinger should be held without bail per Alaska bail statutes that
side against release.
But Hottinger's defense attorney, Nelson Traverso, disagreed.
"Our position is quite contrary to the District Attorneys Office about that," said Traverso. "The Constitution trumps any notion of what the statute says."
But Magistrate Romano Dibeniedetto took sides with prosecuting attorneys.
"At this point, however, the statute has not been stricken as being unconstitutional by any court that I know of," he said. "I am going to apply the statute, and find
that this does not count as an application for a bail hearing. Mr. Traverso, you're free to take it up with another judge in the future. Mr. Hottinger, you'll be held without
An investigation into Wednesday's incident remains on-going, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Shortly before Hottinger tried to escape from the residence, he was observed holding a hand torch, and heard saying "I'm not going to jail tonight."
Moments later, the structure was engulfed in flames.
State Troopers at the scene, as well as Salcha residents living nearby detailed a long-standing dispute between Hottinger and law enforcement officials.
As one resident put it "this was coming."
According to the Alaska Court System website, Scott Hottinger has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 2003.
At the time of Wednesday's incident, he was also on bail release stemming from a February, 2013 DUI case, where he also failed to stop at the direction of a peace officer.
Trial in that case was set to begin in late May.