Our network


Knives recovered in triple slaying; town hall planned

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Investigators have recovered several knives they believe may have been used in this week's slaying of a mother and her two young children inside their Rancho Cordova duplex. 

Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos says 23-year-old Alina Bukhantsov and her toddlers died of "sharp-force trauma." He says the knives found at the scene are being tested to make sure they are the murder weapons. 

A 6-month-old baby was found unharmed Tuesday after Denis Bukhantsov returned to his home and discovered his wife and other children dead. 

His younger brother, 19-year-old Grigoriy Bukhantsov, has been arrested and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday. 

John Perkins, a supervisory public defender, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Friend describes murder suspect's troubled mind

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A friend of murder suspect Grigoriy Bukhantsov said Bukhantsov displayed unusual behavior leading up to this week's gruesome murders.

Knowing that Grigoriy was connected to three murders scares even his close friends. One friend, who did not want to be identified, said Bukhantsov stayed with him and his family for two months. Bukhantsov had just gotten out of jail last December after serving time for a burglary conviction.

RELATED STORY: Brother says he took brother in despite warnings

"He came out of jail, he stayed at his brother for a week, and then he had nowhere to stay. So my mom, let him in," the friend said.

Police: Brother-in-law suspected in triple murder

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - A man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection to the murder of a mom and two of her children in their Rancho Cordova home Tuesday afternoon.

Grigoriy Bukhantsov, 19, was arrested around 9:11 a.m. inside a Rocklin Denny's restaurant after officers spotted the family mini-van in the parking lot, Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos said.

Denis Bukhantsov, came home Tuesday around 3:30 p.m. to find his wife and two children dead inside of their home on the 10000 block of De Soto Way. He ran to a neighbors home to call for help.

When Rancho Cordova police officers arrived at the scene, they found a woman and two young children dead. As they worked through the scene, they heard a baby crying somewhere else in the home. Ramos said a 6-month-old boy was found in a crib unharmed.

Minivan recovered, man detained in Rancho Cordova triple homicide

ROCKLIN, CA - A man was detained and a minivan missing from the location of a triple homicide in Rancho Cordova was located in Rocklin Wednesday morning.

Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Jason Ramos said the van was located at a Denny's restaurant around 2 a.m. and the man was detained inside the diner by the Rocklin Police Department.

The man, who was believed to be in possession of the van, was taken into custody and was being questioned by homicide detectives regarding the death of a woman and two children at a Rancho Cordova home on De Soto way Tuesday afternoon.

Story: 2 small children, 1 woman found dead in Rancho Cordova home

Ramos did not release the man's identity or custody status.

11-year-old witnesses Rancho Cordova homicide

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - An 11-year-old girl witnessed the double murder of her neighbors in their Rancho Cordova apartment Wednesday night.

Around 8:30 p.m., the 11-year-old went to the victims' apartment to use their phone; she called her mom to get permission to sleep over at a friend's house. While inside, two men dressed in dark clothes broke into the apartment.

RELATED STORY: Man, woman killed in Rancho Cordova shooting

"I hung up and then a few seconds later the big guy barged in," the girl recalled. "I think he grabbed [Sandra] 'cause she started screaming. And then, he kind of nudged me 'cause I hit my head on the corner and then I ran and hid in the closet."

Man, woman killed in Rancho Cordova shooting

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Two people were found dead inside of an apartment in Rancho Cordova Tuesday night.

Both victims died of gunshot wounds, Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos said.

The victims were found inside of a unit at the River Pointe Park Apartments on the 2000 block of West La Loma Drive around 9 p.m.

An 11-year-old girl was entering the apartment when two men in dark clothing pushed past her. Ramos said the girl fled in the opposite direction, but not before she heard gunshots from inside of the apartment.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a man and a woman, between the ages of 50 and 60, dead inside. Ramos said the relationship between the girl and the victims is unclear.

The two shooters are still at-large.

Video shows teen murdered in Rosemont walking to park

ROSEMONT, CA - A teenage girl who was found dead in a Rosemont park six months ago was alone when she walked to the park on March 5, according to new surveillance video that was released by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department Thursday.

The 30-second video shows Jessica Funk-Haslam, 13, walk around a corner in a neighborhood, near the Rosemont Community Park, around 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 5.

Funk-Haslam was found dead on Tuesday, March 6 around 6:30 a.m. by a passerby in the dugout of a baseball diamond at the park. The Sacramento County Coroner's Office report said the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, a stab wound and asphyxiation.

The 13-year-old was last seen by her family around 5:30 p.m. Her father Allen Porter said, in a March 6 interview, he talked to Funk-Haslam on the phone around 6 p.m. Porter said Funk-Haslam got into an argument with her mother the night of March 5.