Alaska State Troopers

WASILLA — More details emerged in a kidnapping and assault case first reported Wednesday afternoon.

Three local teens faced kidnapping charges in Palmer District court Tuesday afternoon. The oldest also faced charges of robbery and assault, according to court documents.

According to an affidavit written by Trooper Dugger Cook, Anchorage police responded to a home along the Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River for a report of a man being held at gunpoint. APD responded and arrested Damien Peterson 19, of Big Lake, who was being held at gunpoint by an unidentified homeowner, Cook wrote.

The incident started when a 16-year-old girl whose name was withheld and homeowner, identified by the initials “LM” were texting back and forth before ultimately agreeing to have sex in exchange for money, Peterson told Cook. LM didn’t have any money for the girl, so the girl separated from LM for at least an hour. LM came back and was allowed to see and touch one of the girl’s breasts before she led him to a residence along Jasper Drive near Wasilla, according to the affidavit.

When LM came into the residence, Damien Peterson “choked him out,” and when LM woke up, Devin Peterson, age 17, of Big Lake, and Austin Barrett, 18, of Wasilla, searched him for money and took a folding knife. When they searched LM’s truck, they didn’t find any money, either, so Damien told LM to lead them to his house, where LM would give them a card to buy “cigarettes and stuff,” Peterson told. The three teens got into LM’s truck and LM drove them to his house.

“Once inside, LM introduced Damien to his father and while Damien was shaking hands with LM’s father, LM produced a pistol from the dresser and ordered Damien to the floor, where he remained until APD arrived and arrested him,” Cook wrote, repeating Damien Peterson’s account.

Troopers found Barrett and Devin Peterson at the Jasper Drive residence, where they told troopers they hadn’t gone to Eagle River at all, and hadn’t left the residence, apart from a brief trip to McDonald’s.

APD officers interviewed LM separately.

LM told APD he “had somehow ended up at 2831 N Jasper Drive, Wasilla, where he met with an unknown girl,” Cook wrote. “This girl walked LM downstairs at the residence where LM was hit on the back of the head with an unknown item and then surrounded by five or six males with knives.”

The incident — including the actions of LM — remain under investigation by Alaska State Troopers, according to troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Barrett and the Petersons remained in Mat-Su Pretrial Thursday afternoon. Each faced at least a single count of kidnapping, while Damien Peterson faced additional charges of first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, according to court records. A bail amount in the case had not yet been published.

Contact reporter Brian O’Connor at 352-2270,, or on Twitter @reporterbriano.

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