Suspect In Stallings, NC Murder Captured In Colorado

Bogdan RudenkoA minor-league hockey player wanted for murder in North Carolina was captured in Colorado Springs early today after police negotiated a peaceful end to a Christmas morning standoff at a north-side hotel.Bogdan Nikoloevich Rudenko, 32, was arrested on a fugitive from justice warrant and booked into El Paso County jail without bond, jail records show.

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According to, an online sports database, Rudenko is a Russian-born hockey player who once played for the Colorado Gold Kings, a minor league team based in Colorado Springs from 1998 to 2002.

Rudenko was most recently listed as a member of the Twin-City Cyclones in Winston-Salem, N.C.

He is suspected in a Dec. 20 slaying in tiny Stallings, N.C., in western North Carolina. Police say a man was found fatally shot behind an auto body shop in the only homicide this year in the town of 12,000.

The victim, who is not from the U.S., has not been positively identified, Stallings Police Chief Larke Plyler said. Investigators are looking for additional “persons of interest” in hopes they may shed light on why the slaying occurred, he added.

“We have not established any motive in this killing, so the door is wide open as to how it took place,” Plyler said.

The hockey Web site said Rudenko played on the Charlotte Checkers in 2005. Their training facility is in Indian Trail, N.C., which borders Stallings.

According to, a Web site that tracks brawls during hockey games, Rudenko was an enforcer on the ice, engaging in 31 fights during a 10-year minor league hockey career that began in 1997.

Police in Colorado Springs received a tip that Rudenko was hiding here and tracked him to a room at the Howard Johnson hotel at 8280 N. Highway 83, where he was staying alone. A SWAT team was summoned, and police negotiators were able to establish contact.

Rudenko agreed to surrender about 5:30 a.m., shortly after SWAT officers shot a flash-bang grenade as “an attention-getter,” said Colorado Springs police Sgt. Michael Spitzmiller.

Police declined to release a mug shot of the suspect, citing ongoing investigation.

The same hotel was the site of a similar but unrelated incident in August, when police arrested a suspect in a series of shootings after a three-hour standoff involving the police SWAT team.

Story courtesy Colorado Springs Gazette.

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