Father, daughter killed during high speed chase

SACRAMENTO – Two innocent people were killed Wednesday morning during a pursuit of three suspected car thieves.

Jose Luis Barriga-Tovar, 35, and his daughter, identified by the county coroner on Thursday as Anahi Tovar, 14, both from Antelope, were pronounced dead at the scene when the suspects crashed into their car on Antelope North Road, near Interstate 80, California Highway Patrol Officer Liz Dutton said.

According to Dutton, the incident began as a burglary in Auburn around 5 a.m. where Auburn police officers initiated a pursuit of a BMW. Auburn police said several suspects attempted to burglarize cars in the Vintage Oaks subdivision.

When officers contacted the suspects, the driver of the BMW attempted to run over officers. The BMW then led officers into Loomis where it crashed at Interstate 80 and Horseshoe Bar Road. The individuals in the car fled the scene and a police perimeter was established in the area, Dutton said.

The suspects then got into a home off Becky Way, stole a pickup truck and drove away from the area, Dutton said.

"They came through the side and they had seen the keys to his pick up truck on top of the kitchen counter," neighbor Bob Rhodes said.

Officers located the truck and a second pursuit ensued along I-80 into the Antelope area.

The fleeing suspects then took Antelope North Road exit. As they turned onto the road, their truck t-boned Barriga-Tovar's white Kia Sephia at a speeds between 90 to 100 mph, Dutton said.

The suspects then exited their vehicle and ran from the scene, Dutton said.

One of the suspects, Yuriy Merkushev, 21, was caught and arrested.

The two other suspects ran into an Antelope neighborhood where they jumped fences and ran through backyards. A Placer County sheriff's deputy quickly apprehended Roman Glukhoy, 19. Dutton said the deputy broke his hand while making the arrest.

His twin brother, Ruslan Glukhoy, 19, was caught a short time later. He was found hiding in a backyard by a Sacramento County K9 officer.

Roman Glukhoy was booked into Placer County Jail for two counts of homicide and other charges. Ruslan Glukhoy was admitted into Mercy San JuanHospital, and will be booked into jail for the same charges as his brother. Merkushev was booked into jail for resisting arrest and possession of stolen property.

According to their Facebook pages, Roman and Ruslan both attended Mira Loma High School. Ruslan is involved in Mixed Martial Arts.

Antelope Crossing Middle, Antelope Meadows Elementary, Barrett Ranch Elementary and Olive Grove Elementary schools were placed on lockdown during the search for the outstanding suspect. Those lockdowns were lifted shortly before 8:50 a.m., according to the CHP.


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