Man charged with 1st degree murder in death of Bethel cabbie
A Napakiak man was indicted on several charges related to the death of 54 year old Bethel resident and cab driver Young Suk Chong.
On February 14, 12, a Bethel Grand Jury indicted Kyle E. Motgin, age 21,of Napakiak, charging him with Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Tampering With Physical Evidence, Vehicle Theft in the First Degree, and Theft in the Third Degree. As a result of the indictment the Bethel Superior Court set Motgin’s bail at $500,000.00. Motgin remains incarcerated at Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.
This indictment was a result of an investigation that began on 1/31/12,when Bethel Police Department, contacted the Alaska State Troopers in Bethel and notified them of a missing cab driver, Young Suk Chong, age 54, of Bethel. Chong, operating a cab from the Taxi Cab Company, was reported to be missing since about 3:00 a.m. on 1/31/12.
On 2/1/12, AST received a report that a cab was found near the dump in the village of Napakiak, approximately 15 miles south west of Bethel. Officers from Bethel Police Department and Bethel AST responded to the scene and discovered Chong deceased inside of the vehicle.
On 2/2/12, Investigators with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation and a Crime Lab Technician arrived in Bethel to conduct a death investigation. Upon arrival, investigators worked closely with Bethel Police Department and Bethel AST to examine the crime scene and conduct interviews. Investigators received considerable support and information from citizens in the communities of Bethel and Napakiak and identified a single suspect, Kyle Motgin, age 21, of Napakiak.
On 2/2/12, Investigators along with Bethel AST and Village Public Safety Officers located Motgin in Napakiak and arrested him on an outstanding felony arrest warrant for Assault 4th, Assault 3rd, and Probation Violation, which were not related to the homicide investigation. Bail for that warrant was set at $5,000.00. Motgin was transported and remanded into the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.
On 2/4/12, Chong’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage where an autopsy was completed on 2/7/12. During this time, Investigators continued to examine evidence and develop the case while Motgin remained incarcerated at the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center. Investigators applied for and were granted eight search warrants. These search warrants were served at various locations in Napakiak and Bethel. Investigators worked closely with the Bethel District Attorney’s Office and the State Medical Examiner’s Office throughout the week. Alaska State Troopers in Bethel and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation appreciate the cooperation of the involved agencies and the community support which led to the resolution of this serious crime within 72 hours.