Man Recaptured After Attempted Escape From Homer Jail

     A Homer man is back behind bars after an attempted escape Wednesday from the Homer jail. Twenty-two-year-old Niko Mogar allegedly tried to escape from the jail Wednesday afternoon.

     In a criminal complaint filed at the Homer Courthouse, Homer Police Officer Ryan Browning says Mogar was being escorted from his cell to the visiting room when he broke free and started to run through the building, ending up in the police dispatch room.  Two officers were able to re-capture Mogar soon after and handcuffed him.

     Mogar is charged with Second Degree Attempted Escape and Fourth Degree Criminal Mischief.

     Mogar was in jail awaiting a bail hearing Thursday. His original charges stem from an incident that took place last Monday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn in Homer. According to the criminal complaint in that case, Mogar fired a gun at a group of men who were involved in a dispute with his friend over ownership of a Toyota vehicle.

     Homer Police Officer Larry Baxter writes in the complaint that Mogar fired a .44 –caliber Taurus handgun at the men in the parking lot of the hotel after they had a heated dispute over the car. When Baxter arrived on the scene, Mogar allegedly told him that he did not fire the weapon and there were no handguns in the hotel room. When Baxter searched the bathroom, he found a Taurus pistol in a garbage bag inside the tank of the toilet. Baxter says that Mogar then admitted to him that he had fired the pistol.

     Mogar was charged in that case with two counts of Third Degree Assault and one count of Tampering With Evidence.