Freep reports a Michigander who is accused of killing a 25-year-old Swartz Creek man and then slicing off his testicles and eating them is now being sued in another incident that attorneys say also seems “straight out of a horror movie.”
The plaintiff, a New York man, is suing Mark Latunski, who authorities said stabbed and slit the throat of Kevin Bacon in December.
In the new case, James Carlsen alleges he took a bus to Michigan from his home in Suffolk County for consensual erotic activity know as BDSM — short for bondage, discipline, dominance and submission — with Latunski’s husband, Jamie Arnold, but ended up tied up and terrified, and ultimately escaped.
“Mark Latunski must answer for the heinous acts committed against our client,” attorney Kirstina Magyari, with Marko Law, said. “Mr. Carlsen deserves justice for the trauma he endured, an experience that will haunt him for the rest of his life.”
Carlsen, his attorneys said, initially did not wish to press charges, but is now seeking damages of more than $75,000 in the lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in Detroit.
According to the lawsuit:
Carlsen met Arnold online in October. But when Carlsen arrived at the bus station, Latunski picked him up. Carlsen fell asleep in the car. At his Bennington Township home, Latunski told Carlsen that his spouse had moved out.
The Bennington Township house, about a half-hour west of Flint, is also where Bacon was found two months later, hanging naked from ceiling rafters with a rope around his ankles.
Carlsen, however, was unprepared for what came next.
In the home, the 50-year-old Latunski retrieved locks, chains and leather straps, and tied Carlsen down in the basement. Latunski told the plaintiff he “wasn’t going anywhere,” and then went to bed.
After Carlsen thought Latunski had fallen asleep, he cut himself loose from the straps with a butcher knife, found his cell phone and left the home, running down the street and calling police. It’s unclear how he got the knife.
In the 911 call, Carlsen is out of breath and says he escaped from Latunski’s house.
Police questioned Carlsen and took him to a gas station. Carlsen then made his way to the bus station, but his ticket was not good for another week. So, with no money and nowhere to stay, he called Latunski who persuaded him to return to the house.
Latunski convinced Carlsen the situation was a misunderstanding.
In the slaying case, police said Latunski admitted to stabbing Bacon in the back one time, then slitting his throat and cutting off his testicles and eating them. He also said he hung his body up.
Bacon and Latunski met through Grindr, a digital dating app.
Police also responded to a third incident at the home on Nov. 25, in which a 29-year-old man wearing only a leather kilt and with blood on his face ran from Latunski’s home. He did not seek charges.
Video from Jan 7, 2020: