A Michigan man accused of murdering and eating his Christmas Eve Grindr date chased a man dressed only in a kilt down the street a month earlier, according to a police report.
Mark Latunski, 50, who is accused of butchering 25-year-old Kevin Bacon and eating his testicles, was stopped outside his remote Michigan home on November 25, chasing a 29-year-old man down the road.
The younger man told officers that he was ‘terrified’ and had fled the scene, fearing that the 50-year-old was going to keep him chained up in his basement.
He added that he had already been down there for some time but managed to escape.
Latunski insisted that he was simply trying to retrieve his $300 leather kilt.
‘He said he became frightened or spooked and that’s why he ran from the house,’ Lt. David Kaiser told The Flint Journal-MLive.
Neither men wished to press charges so police decided that it had been consensual, helped the man dress, and he left the Bennington township.
The body of 25-year-old Kevin Bacon was found inside Latunski’s Bennington Township home on December 28, four days after he was last seen alive.
Latunski admitted to suspending Bacon from a ceiling by his ankles and stabbing him twice in the back, before slitting his throat and cutting off his testicles to eat them.
Bacon’s roommate, Michelle Myer, told police she last saw him alive on the evening of December 24 as he was leaving their home to meet up with a man he’d met on the mobile dating app, Grindr, before completely vanishing.
The man he was venturing off to meet, it would later be revealed, was Latunksi – and new court documents obtained by Michigan Live reveal the horrifying fate awaiting the 25-year-old hairstylist when he stepped inside the suspect’s home.
Michigan State Police received a call for assistance from Clayton Township Police Department to conduct a welfare check for Bacon inside Latunksi’s home on December 28, after receiving a tip he may be inside.
Officers then conducted an interview with the 50-year-old, who agreed to let them carry out a search of the home after reportedly admitting to killing Bacon by stabbing him in the back and slitting his throat late Christmas Eve or early Christmas morning.
Bacon was found dead hanging upside down from the ceiling naked, where he had been suspended with rope tied around his ankles for nearly four days.
Latunski then reportedly admitted to officers he has also used the murder weapon to to cut off Bacon’s testicals and later ate them, police testimony shows.
Latunski has been charged with one count of open murder and one count of mutilation of a human body. He’s been in custody ever since police found Bacon’s body at his home.
Divorce, custody and criminal records also reveal an extensive history of complaints about Latunski’s health.
He was known to have stopped taking the medication prescribed to treat his various mental health illnesses, according to records from the 66th District and 35th Circuit courts.
A motion filed by his ex-wife Emily Latunski to suspend visitation rights to his children on August 22 says the suspect had previously been diagnosed with major depression, paranoid schizophrenia and traits of a personality disorder in 2010 and 2012.
‘[Mark Latunski] has a history of mental illness and has been hospitalized in the Owosso Mental Stress unit … [and] has a history of going off his medication,’ the motion states.
Latunski’s husband of three years, Jamie Arnold, told M-Live he wasn’t aware of his ex-partner’s mental illnesses until July, when he was arrested for failing to pay child support.
‘To my knowledge, I couldn’t force him to see a therapist or take medication,’ Arnold said. ‘Never in a million years did I think he’d be capable of doing such a horrendous crime.’
Arnold said he left Latunski in September and no longer lived at the home where Bacon was discovered.
‘In hindsight, it’s easy to sit back and speculate but at the time you’re going through it there are emotions and feelings involved. You don’t want to think that the person you fell in love with is some crazy homicidal maniac,’ Arnold said.
‘I pray that God is there for Kevin Bacon’s family in their time of need and that He helps us all get through this, one day at a time.’
Bacon, a student at University of Michigan-Flint and a hairstylist, was described as a ‘compassionate, caring and loving’ individual by roomate and friend of nearly two decades Michelle Meyers.
‘Kevin was a colorful, vibrant being both inside and out. He did what he wanted to, when he wanted to, and let very little hold him back,’ she said. ‘I really could not have asked for a better friend. I was incredibly lucky to call him my friend.’
Bacon was reported missing by his dad Karl on December 25 after he missing the family’s annual Christmas breakfast.
Police soon found Kevin Bacon’s car at a Family Dollar in Clayton Township, later discovering his phone, wallet and some clothes inside the vehicle.
Medical examiners have not yet confirmed his specific time of death. His funeral was held on Friday at Sharp Funeral Homes, Miller Road Chapel at 8138 Miller Road in Swartz Creek, followed by a candlelight vigil.
Actor Kevin Bacon has paid a touching tribute to the Michigan man of the same name on Instagram earlier this week.
‘For obvious reasons I’m thinking this morning about the friends and Family of this young person Kevin Bacon,’ the actor wrote.
‘His life was taken from him much too soon. His love was hairdressing. I bet he would have done a great job on this mess on my head. RIP KB.’
The victim’s father Karl Bacon said Saturday of naming his son Kevin: ‘I wanted the same initials, but I didn’t want Karl Jr. so that made sense.
‘The other Kevin Bacon wasn’t quite as famous as he is now.’
Actor Bacon’s post has been liked more than 15,000 times on Instagram.
Latunski appeared last Monday via video in 66th District Court in Corunna on murder and mutilation of a body charges.
He was being held without bond and was appointed an attorney. His preliminary examination is scheduled on January 8, followed by a January 14 pretrial hearing.