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Alaska State Troopers arrested a Homer man who allegedly crashed a nearby wedding party Monday and threatened to shoot it up, after those present physically restrained him and alerted law enforcement.

According to a Tuesday AST dispatch, troopers were informed Monday of the incident at Mile 18 of East End Road. They subsequently contacted 38-year-old Joseph Kuzmin, who was ultimately held at the Homer Jail without bail on one count of second-degree terroristic threatening.

“Investigation revealed he had threatened to kill members of a wedding party with a gun in Kachemak Selo,” troopers wrote.

AST spokesperson Megan Peters says the matter began as a disturbance, then escalated from there.

“(Kuzmin) came to a wedding (and) started causing problems; they told him to leave, he didn’t want to leave,” Peters said.

While Kuzmin didn’t brandish a gun at the scene of the party, he was apparently intoxicated and claimed he had one.

“He was saying he was going to come back and hurt them all,” Peters said. “He was going to get something and come back.”

At that point, Peters says, the wedding party’s guests took matters into their own hands.

“People at the wedding (tied him up), then they kindly gave him a ride home and put him inside,” Peters said. “When we found him, he was tied up in his living room.”

After the responding troopers spoke with people at the scene, they were invited to remain at the festivities but couldn’t.

“The troopers were not able to stay for the remainder of the wedding celebrations because they had to get back to their (duties),” Peters said.