2000-02-05 / Front Page

Murder Solved!

Ft. Tilden ‘Body Burner’ Behind Bars

By Joan Ward George

For the past two weeks, detectives from the 100 Precinct have been in hot pursuit of the person or persons responsible for murdering, and subsequently setting a man on fire and dumping the body in a bunker near Battery Harris in Fort Tilden.

100 Precinct Squad Director Artie Nappo was extremely hush-hush to the press about any and all details surrounding the homicide since taking over the investigation after the body was discovered early Saturday morning, January 15, 2000 by U.S. Park Police Officer Steve Balsamo.

Police announced Thursday that the body of the victim had been identified as Sertey Kozikov, an 18 year old white male who lived on Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn.

As The Wave was going to press Thursday, Detective Dolan of the 100 Precinct Detective Squad arrested Oleg Klementiev, an 18 year old white male from Batchelder Avenue, Brooklyn, and charged him with the murder. According to police authorities, Kozikov was stabbed in the heart which resulted in his death. It is thought that his body was dragged for some distance, possibly from a car, to the bunker at Ft. Tilden where it was doused with gasoline and set on fire.

Eveniy Gusev, an 18 year old white male from Shore Parkway in Brooklyn, was additionally charged Thrusday with respect to this incident. The charges against Gusev include: hindering prosecution, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of stolen property.

According to the police, the victim and the two men arrested Thursday were all known to each other, and Kozikov’s murder was the culmination of an ongoing dispute over "cars and money".

Klementiv and Gusev were transferred from the 100 Precinct to Queens Central Booking and were awaiting a trial date as The Wave went to press.

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