Suspect Arrested in Triple Homicide

Homicide detectives from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department have reportedly arrested a man in connection with the slaying of a woman and two children at a residence in Rancho Cordova Tuesday, according to an official press release.

Grigoriy Bukhantsov

Grigoriy Bukhantsov, 19, was reportedly booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail earlier this morning on three counts of murder, and is ineligible for bail at this time.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, October 23, shortly after 3:30 pm, Rancho Cordova police officers and Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 10100 block of Desoto Way. A caller reportedly said that his neighbor had returned home to find family members deceased inside of their residence.

Upon arriving at the scene, law enforcement personnel were directed to a home where a male outside the residence appeared extremely distraught. Officers reportedly went inside the home and discovered a female adult in her 20s, a two year-old boy, and a three year-old girl lying motionless on the floor of one of the rooms. According to the Sheriff’s Department, it appeared that there had been a violent encounter, as evidenced by extensive trauma to each of the victims.

As officers were reportedly clearing the residence in an attempt to locate any additional victims and/or suspects, they heard a baby crying from a bedroom inside the home. They made their way through the house and discovered a six-month old boy, unharmed, in a crib in one of the bedrooms. That child was removed from the home and emergency medical personnel were immediately summoned. Upon arrival, paramedics pronounced the three aforementioned victims deceased. Each of them had injuries consistent with sharp force trauma.

This quiet Rancho Cordova neighborhood was the scene of the triple murder

An investigation was commenced with additional patrol personnel, homicide detectives, and CSI officers. Investigators developed information that a mini-van belonging to the family was missing from the residence, and reportedly theorized the person(s) responsible for the murders was/were likely in possession of that vehicle, apparently taken during the incident. A BOLO (“Be on the Lookout”) for that family’s vehicle was issued to law enforcement agencies throughout the region, and investigators continued to canvass the neighborhood for further information.

At approximately 2:00 am Wednesday, October 24, Rocklin police officers reportedly located the missing mini-van in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant near Interstate 80 and Rocklin Road. They immediately notified the Sheriff’s Department, and detectives from the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau responded to their location. Upon arriving, they found the van to be unoccupied, so they, along with Rocklin police personnel, reportedly entered the restaurant in an attempt to locate/identify the driver of the mini-van.

Inside the restaurant, officers contacted Grigoriy Bukhantsov, 19, who was identified as the brother-in-law to the female adult victim and uncle to the victim children. Bukhantsov was reportedly detained without incident, and transported to a Sheriff’s Department facility to be interviewed by Homicide detectives. The mini-van was towed and transported for evidentiary purposes.

Based on their investigation, Homicide detectives developed enough evidence to identify Bukhantsov as the person responsible for the murders of all three victims. While the investigation continues, Bukhantsov is not believed to have acted together with anyone during the commission of this crime, and detectives are not searching for any additional suspects.

The motive for this tragedy is reportedly still being investigated, and anyone who may have information pertinent to the incident is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (916) 874-5115.

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Suspect Arrested in Triple Homicide was last modified: January 11th, 2019 by admin

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Corrie Pelc

Corrie Pelc brings over 16 years of journalism experience to United Reporting. She currently writes for a number of Sacramento-area publications, including Sacramento News & Review, East Sacramento News, Arden Carmichael News, Inside the City and Style Magazine.