Mormon Missionary Recovers in Russia
MOSCOW (AP) _ A Mormon missionary wounded in an attack that killed another American has provided evidence about a second suspect in the stabbings, a Mormon official said today.
Bradley Borden of Mesa, Ariz., was alert and has been able get out of bed and take a few steps in his hospital room in the central Russian city of Ufa, said Donald Jarvis, the head of the Mormon mission in the region.
``He’s quite lucid and seems to be healing quite nicely,″ Jarvis said by telephone from Ufa, about 750 miles east of Moscow.
Borden, 20, was stabbed in the liver and the pancreas, and fellow missionary Jose Manuel Mackintosh, 20, was killed when they were attacked Saturday evening coming out of an apartment building following a visit with a church family.
Mackintosh’s body was being prepared for return to his family in Hiko, Nev., said Jarvis. Funeral services were scheduled for Saturday.
Police have arrested one man in the case, and Borden spoke with church lawyers today, providing evidence about a second suspect.
The man under arrest, Sergei Chudakov, is an alcoholic who was drunk at the time of the attack, said Valery Ryzhov, district prosecutor in Ufa.
Chudakov also is accused of stabbing another man Saturday before the attack on the two missionaries, Ryzhov said. He has been charged with inflicting heavy physical injuries and hooliganism, and is likely to be charged with additional offenses as the cases proceed, Ryzhov said.
Authorities have described the attack as a random act of violence that was not aimed at the church.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has 24 young missionaries working in Ufa and was reviewing procedures, but felt that region was safe.
``We don’t think Russia is particularly dangerous, and the city where this took place is quite calm,″ said Jarvis.
The Mormons have about 500 missionaries in Russia and 59,000 worldwide.