A Knoxville man was charged with attempted first-degree murder in August after he allegedly traveled to Oak Ridge armed with two pistols, magazines, and ammunition, intending to kill an Oak Ridge man, according to court records.
Daniel R. Price, 35, who is listed as a transient in Knoxville, is also charged with aggravated assault, two counts of possessing a firearm during a dangerous felony, possessing drugs for sale, simple possession of drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In court records, Oak Ridge Police Department Officer John Thomas said authorities responded on August 9 to a threat that someone could be harmed. Specifically, two people who live in Knoxville reported that Price was driving a maroon Mitsubishi sedan with an FOP sticker on the plate into Oak Ridge and traveling to one of two addresses to find a man named Maxim Fridman.
“Defendant (Price) was reported to be armed with handguns and intending to shoot Fridman,” Thomas said in affidavits filed in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Oak Ridge.
ORPD officers found Price in the vehicle that had been described to them by the two Knoxville residents, traveling in the general direction of one of the addresses, the affidavits said.
Price was detained, and his vehicle was searched for weapons, Thomas said in the affidavits.
During the search, officers found a Bersa .380 caliber pistol with magazines and ammunition, and a Phoenix Arms .25 caliber pistol with magazines and ammunition, the affidavits said.
Thomas said he advised Price of his Miranda rights, and Price agreed to answer questions. Thomas also read Price an advisement for consent to search media, and Price agreed to let officers look through his cell phone, the affidavits said.
“Affiant (Officer Thomas) observed messages on the phone from defendant (Price) detailing his intent to travel to Oak Ridge to kill Maxim Fridman,” the affidavits said.
There were also indications that Price had traveled to Fridman’s workplace but hadn’t been able to find Fridman, Thomas said.
“There were further messages that indicated Price was traveling to Fridman’s home to locate him,” the affidavits said.
One of the two Knoxville residents who reported Price’s intention to find Fridman in Oak Ridge was Kateryna Samodina. The affidavits said Price made statements, and there were messages in the cell phone, that Price was upset with Samodina and “had animosity towards Fridman because Fridman is the estranged husband of Samodina.”
“Affiant (Thomas) believes defendant’s actions and possession of two firearms constitute efforts to intentionally kill Maxim Fridman with premeditation,” the affidavits said.
The actions of Price caused Fridman to be in fear of serious bodily injury or death, the affidavits said.
The affidavits detailed the discovery of suspected drugs and paraphernalia in Price’s car after it was stopped and searched.
Officers noted a strong odor believed to be that of unburned marijuana after the Mitsubishi sedan was stopped, the affidavits said. When they searched the car, officers found a green canvas bag in the driver’s area that contained an estimated 53.8 grams of suspected marijuana inside a sealed bag, the affidavits said. Officers also found measuring instruments, including a set of digital scales and a 100-gram weight, and they believe Price possessed the marijuana with the intent to sell it, due to the instruments and the total weight, according to the affidavits. The bag contained a picture of Price, “indicating his ownership of said bag and contents,” according to the affidavits.
Besides the suspected marijuana, officers also allegedly found a packet labeled “Suboxone” 2MG/8MG, purportedly containing a strip of the drug buprenorphine, a prescription medication used to treat opioid dependence. Officers could not find any evidence that Price had a prescription to possess that controlled substance, the affidavits said.
During the search of Price’s vehicle, officers also allegedly found a case with “numerous items” of suspected drug paraphernalia, including a glass smoking pipe with an odor and residue believed to be marijuana, a metal cylinder “grinder” with suspected marijuana residue, and other similar items.
Officers also found a spray can labeled as a tire inflator on the right front floor board of the vehicle, and when he inspected it, Thomas said he saw the can had a false bottom. A jar within that false bottom had a white powdery substance believed to be a controlled substance, Thomas said.
Price admitted to being a marijuana user and admitted that he owned the suspected drug paraphernalia found in the case, Thomas said.
Price was arrested August 9, and he remained jailed on Saturday afternoon. His bond has been set at $200,000, according to Anderson County Circuit Court Clerk records.
A court date has been scheduled for Price for Tuesday, September 12, in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Oak Ridge.
Although the name and address match, it’s not clear if Samodina is the same Kateryna Samodina who was a co-defendant in an earlier case in May that allegedly involved Price, drugs, a pistol reported as stolen, and a disturbance near a federal landfill west of the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge.
In that case, police allegedly found marijuana, Xanax, drug paraphernalia, and the stolen pistol in a vehicle after responding to the report of the disturbance near the U.S. Department of Energy landfill on Bear Creek Road near Y-12 on Sunday, May 14, according to Anderson County court records.
In affidavits filed then, Oak Ridge Police Department K-9 Officer Christopher Wallace said a search of the vehicle with the help of a drug-detecting canine officer found 18.4 ounces of marijuana, along with 97 Xanax (alprazolam) tablets; drug paraphernalia that included rolling papers, a grinder, digital scales, glass marijuana pipe, glass meth/crack cocaine pipe, and a snort straw; an SCCY Industries 9mm CPX2 semi automatic pistol; and a North American Arms (N.A.A.) .22LR mini revolver pistol that the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office had reported as stolen.
Price was charged after that search with two counts of felony possession of Schedule IV drugs (one count for alprazolam and one for marijuana); two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony; possession of stolen property under $1,000; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Price said all the items belonged to him, Wallace said in the earlier affidavits.
The May 14 disturbance involving Price and his co-defendant, Kateryna Fridman Samodina, 24, who has addresses listed in Knoxville and Oak Ridge in court and jail records, was reported near DOE’s Environmental Management Waste Management Facility on Bear Creek Road.
“Upon contact with the defendant, the affiant (Wallace) smelled the odor of marijuana on his person and from his vehicle,” Wallace said in the affidavits filed then for the arrest of Price. “A pat-down of the defendant was conducted, and (a) small amount of purported marijuana was found in his front left pant pocket. Suspecting more illegal narcotics in the defendant’s vehicle, the affiant deployed his certified drug detection K-9 partner to conduct a free air sniff of the defendant’s vehicle, in which the affiant’s K-9 provided a positive alert to the trained odor of illegal narcotics.”
Bond for Price has been set at $80,000 in that case. Before being arrested in the attempted murder case in August, he had been released from the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton on May 24.
A court date in the earlier disturbance case has also been set for Tuesday, September 12, in Anderson County General Sessions Court in Oak Ridge.
Samodina, who was identified as Price’s girlfriend, was charged with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia in the earlier disturbance case near the federal landfill. The snort straw was found under the passenger seat, where Samodina had been seated, Wallace said. He said she displayed behaviors consistent with being under the influence of smoking marijuana, and she said she had smoked it within the previous hour.
“The defendant was an endangerment to the security complex (and) therefore was arrested for public intoxication,” Wallace said.
Bond for Samodina was set at $5,500, and she was released from the Anderson County Detention Facility on May 16. An August 3 hearing had been scheduled, but the current status of that case wasn’t clear Saturday.
See the earlier story on the disturbance near the DOE landfill here.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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