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Arrest made in Rocklin following triple homicide

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The man arrested in Rocklin following a triple homicide in Rancho Cordova has been identified as Grigoriy Bukhantsov, according to Sgt. Jason Ramos of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office.

Rocklin police officers played a key role in the arrest of Bukhantsov.

Lt. Lon Milka, public information officer, said Rocklin police were alerted via a state database to be on the lookout for a minivan that was missing from the Rancho Cordova home where a woman and her two children were killed Tuesday afternoon.

“We were coached in the afternoon on what vehicle to look for, and that information was spread to the graveyard team,” Milka said.

Officers saw a vehicle matching the description at Denny’s in Rocklin around 2 a.m. and alerted the Sacramento Sheriff’s Office, which arrived to take Bukhantsov into custody. He was alone in the diner and was arrested without incident.

Bukhantsov was arrested on three murder charges in the slaying of a woman in her early 20s and her two children, a 2-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl.

Sacramento officers responded at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to a report from a man who lives on De Soto Way in Rancho Cordova who said a neighbor had come running over to his house saying that his family was dead inside his home.

Ramos described the crime scene as “very violent,” and that all three victims had sustained injuries consistent with sharp force trauma. While clearing the residence officers discovered a third child, a 6-month-old boy, in a bedroom, unharmed.

Bukhantsov is the brother of the man who discovered his murdered family members, Ramos said. He was interviewed and the minivan was towed to be processed as evidence. Based on that interview, Ramos said, Bukhantsov was booked into the Sacramento County main jail and “We do not believe that anyone else is responsible, and we’re not looking for anybody else.”

Ramos said detectives learned there had been strained relationships between Bukhantsov and other members of the family, “but as far as what really catapulted it into yesterday’s events, we’re not sure.”