Ex-husband of Bellevue woman found dead arrested

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on June 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 6:07 PM

Bellevue police have arrested and charged a 46-year-old man in the death of Bellevue resident Nataliya Vabishchevich.

Vabishchevich's ex-husband, Alexsandr Polak of Edmonds, Wash., was arrested in Los Angeles Thursday and taken into custody with the help of the Los Angeles Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service.

He is currently being held in Los Angeles pending extradition.

A co-worker found 35-year-old Vabishchevich dead in her Bellevue condo on the morning of June 17, when she didn't show up for work at another clinic.

Court documents describe a troubled relationship between Vabischevich and her ex-husband.  The Bellevue woman worried for her safety and told friends if something happened to her, they should look at her ex-husband.

Those who worked with her at a Bellevue Chiropractic clinic said she never let on that she might be in danger.

"She had made comments before she moved away with her son so she could be safe. She never made any mention that there was problems," said Dr. Jeremy Welch, co-worker.

The couple divorced in 2007. Neighbors say they are aware of problems, but Polak had moved out of the country. Court documents say he moved back to the U.S. in May.

After Vabischevich  was found dead in her bellevue condo Polak was questioned by detectives and denied any involvement.  On Wednesday he took a bus from Seattle toward San Diego where police believe he planned to slip over the border to Mexico and out of the country. Instead police arrested him in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors have asked that Polak be held without bail. Court documents say he has a history of violent behavior and had told people that his ex-wife had ruined his life and he was "going to kill her."

According to court documents, Polak had several cuts and scratches on his hand and a scratch on his neck when he was questioned by police this week. He said he had hurt himself cutting an avocado.

Vabishchevich's death was the first homicide in Bellevue in 2013. In 2012, there were two homicides in the city. One resulted in conviction and the other is pending trial.

KING 5's Amy Moreno contributed to this report.

 

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