Los Alamos doctor arrested -- updated

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By Tris DeRoma

 A Los Alamos doctor is currently being held without bond after being arrested shortly after leaving the Los Alamos Medical Center Wednesday afternoon.

Police were acting on a probable cause warrant issued by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

Dr. Pavel Mourachov, 42, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony. He was also charged with harassment, a misdemeanor and extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth-degree felony.

The Los Alamos Medical Center released a statement Thursday after Mourachov's arrest.

"We share our community’s concerns about Dr. Mourachov’s arrest and the allegations that continue to come to light.  Dr. Mourachov is not an employee of Los Alamos Medical Center and has had a limited practice at our hospital for some time.  His medical privileges have been suspended," the statement said.

"As the claims against Dr. Mourachov relate to his personal life and there is no evidence that any illegal activity occurred at our hospital, we are unable to provide further perspective on this situation.  We will cooperate with authorities in their investigation.  Because this is a law enforcement matter, we must direct inquiries regarding this matter to them."    

The chain of events leading to Mourachov’s arrest started May 17 when Det. Paige Early, of the Los Alamos Police Department, interviewed Mourachov’s estranged wife, regarding a separate incident.

During the interview, the wife revealed an incident that occurred in Sept. 2012 where Mourachov, who the wife said was allegedly drunk at the time, chased after her with an ax. 

She apparently barricaded herself inside a guest room of their home in the 300 block of El Conejo Road, while he allegedly axed the door to their gun room to get a pistol.

 He then allegedly broke down the guest room door with the ax where the wife was said to be hiding.

 According to the woman’s statement, Mourachov then handed her the gun as a “goodwill gesture” and told her to shoot him. He then kept provoking her to shoot him. She told police that she eventually escaped out an open window.

On May 9 of this year, LAPD Corporal Eric Wilhoit responded to Mourachov’s neighbor’s house to check out a complaint that there was a cat with an arrow shot through its body on their doorstep. When Wilhoit arrived, he found the cat was still alive and tried to rescue it. The cat later died at a veterinary clinic of a punctured lung and intestines.

On May 16, Mourachov’s wife told police the cat was theirs and that Mourachov allegedly was the one that shot it because it “needed to be put down” he told her.

Police noted through prior reports filed by Mourachov’s neighbors that he allegedly had frequently targeted them with harassment. Complaints included Mourachov alledgly putting dog feces on their car, and reportedly slashed car tires. The neighbors believe Mourachov was the one that put the cat on their doorstep, citing recent verbal threats Mourachov has made to them.

In that police report, Mourachov allegedly said: “This is not a friendly visit, you are harassing me, this is war...I look forward to destroying you...I have the means to hire people to bring you down, watch out for your family...you have no brains and very little intelligence, you are a coward..

“ I can make your life hell... I hate you and your family... I can get your husband fired from his job, and I can get you fired for drug use.”

One reason why police decided to arrest him at the hospital was because of what they learned during the course of the investigation.  

According to the police report, Mourachov apparently kept a propane tank, a firearm and matches next to the door for the next time police came to his residence. His wife also told police that Mourachov told her that if he “is taken out by police, he will not go alone.”

 She also told authorities that because of his knowledge of explosives, she’s concerned he may have created an even more elaborate booby trap for officers if they came to the house.

“There is concern that if given time to prepare for law enforcement entry in the house, Pavel may have the opportunity to engage some sort of explosive device, or arm himself with automatic rifles that he has in the home,” said law enforcement officials in the May 22 affidavit for his arrest. 

This is not Mourachov’s first run-in with Los Alamos police.

Last year, he was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, one count of driving under the influence of drugs, and one count of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer – all misdemeanor charges. Those charges were later dismissed by prosecutors.