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4th arrest in beauty queen case

Citizen Staff Writer



Tucson police arrested a third man in the kidnapping case involving Kumari Fulbright, a 25-year-old former beauty queen and ex-University of Arizona law student, a department spokesman said.

David Wayne Radde, 44 was arrested at his home in the 3600 block of South Jessica Avenue on Thursday, Sgt. Fabian Pacheco said.

Radde is being held in Pima County Jail on $50,000bail, a jail clerk said. He was charged with two counts of robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping.

While searching Radde’s house, detectives seized guns, body armor, more than $26,000 in suspected counterfeit cash and more than $50,000 worth of drugs, Pacheco said.

At the home, there were 180 grams of cocaine, 40 grams of heroin and 5.5 grams of methamphetamine, he said.

Radde spent three years in prison from 1996 to 1999 on theft and marijuana convictions from Mohave and La Paz counties, according to the state’s corrections Web site.

Radde was the last outstanding suspect in the kidnapping and torture case involving two of Fulbright’s ex-boyfriends – Robert Ergonis and the victim.

Police arrested Ergonis, 45, with a girlfriend after a 10-hour standoff Feb. 8, Tucson Citizen archives show. He has been held in Pima County Jail since then on $500,000 bail, according to online jail records.

Larry Hammond, 40, was arrested in December and is being held on $50,000 bail, online jail records show.

Fulbright, also arrested in December, was permitted to move to Texas to be with her family as long as she makes every court appearance and complies with Pretrial Services, according to archives.

Fulbright, Ergonis and Hammond face charges similar to Radde’s – aggravated assault, robbery and kidnapping.

The second-year law student and local beauty queen told police that she thought her most recent ex-boyfriend, the victim in the case, had stolen thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from her while she was out of town.

Police reports show that the victim said Fulbright held the tip of a butcher knife in his ear, bit his ears, hands and forearm, and pointed a pistol at him while he was tied up in her apartment in the 1200 block of East Knox Drive on Dec. 8.

He also was held in a house in the 2400 block of North Bryant Drive, near East Grant Road and North Alvernon Way, according to the documents.

The reports said he escaped after he grabbed Fulbright’s pistol and the gun fired, but the bullet became stuck in the chamber.

The victim told police his wallet, cell phone, briefcase and about $500 in cash had been taken from him, records show.

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