ANCHORAGE (KTUU) (Editor's note: this article contains graphic details that may be disturbing to some readers)
A man who was charged with the kidnapping and brutal sexual assault of a woman at a cabin south of Manley Hot Springs last fall has been extradited to Nevada.
The victim, who prosecutors say was held at the cabin against her will for five weeks, passed away and the case was dropped this summer. She apparently died of natural causes unrelated to the assault.
Daniel Lloyd Selovich, 37, who changed his legal name to Pirate, would have been released from Fairbanks Correctional Complex but Nevada authorities got a hit on his DNA that tied him to a Las Vegas rape case dating back 12 years. Selovich, who was convicted of raping a California woman in 2004, was flown from Fairbanks to Las Vegas on Wednesday to face charges of kidnapping and raping a woman in February 2004.
“Without the DNA evidence placed into CODIS, there wouldn’t have been a case,” said Gregg Olson, Fairbanks district attorney.
CODIS, or Combined DNA Index System, is a nationwide database of DNA profiles that allows law enforcement to solve violent crimes. After Selovich was arrested in Alaska, his DNA was entered into the system. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police got a hit in April and issued an arrest warrant.
After the Alaska case was dropped, Nevada authorities began taking steps to extradite Selovich. They flew to Fairbanks and put him on a plane to Las Vegas on Tuesday.
In the Nevada case, Selovich is accused of kidnapping and raping a woman who was “mentally or physically incapable of resisting or understanding,” according to court papers. In 2010, Selovich took a four-year plea bargain stemming from a 2004 rape and assault case, according to the Record Searchlight newspaper.
The Alaska rape and kidnapping case was particularly brutal.
According to a criminal complaint based on testimony from Alaska state troopers, a woman identified as K.B. messaged a friend on Facebook saying she was being raped and held against her will by a man named “Pirate,” later identified as Selovich.
K.B. told troopers she arrived in Fairbanks on Sept. 26, 2015. Selovich picked her up from the airport in a U-Haul van. She said Selovich punched her and sexually assaulted her in the van.
The victim said the two stayed in a Fairbanks hotel and later flew by private charter on Oct. 1 to Selovich’s cabin, located about 16 miles south of Manley Hot Springs.
They stayed in a tent for about a week while doing repairs on the cabin. During this time, he beat her with belts, a flashlight, and his fists as well as kicking and biting her, according to the charging document. Selovich would become aroused during the assaults.
Selovich sexually and physically assaulted K.B. up to six times a day from Sept. 26 until Nov. 8. He duct taped her to him during the night to prevent escape. The woman wasn’t able to go to the bathroom unless Selovich was with her, court papers say.
Selovich tied her to a support beam so she could not move.
“K.B. stated that she thought it would be better for her to run from the cabin and possibly be eaten by a bear than continue being physically and sexually assaulted,” the complaint says.
Selovich told her he would “cut her face off” and at one point placed a knife to her neck, causing her to bleed.
On Nov. 8 Selovich had the woman on her back and was raping her when she “remembers hearing the med-evac helicopter getting close to the cabin and Daniel telling her, you need to make me cum before they get here,” according to the criminal complaint.
A military medical group from Fort Wainwright responded on Nov. 8, one day after troopers were contacted. Bad weather had delayed the response.
A grand jury indicted Selovich on four counts of sexual assault in the first degree, two counts of kidnapping, and multiple counts of assault. The case was proceeding to trial when K.B. was found dead.