Suspect in Sacramento County triple slaying had violent past
The 19-year-old brother-in-law of a Rancho Cordova woman who was found dead along with two of her young children had earlier threatened to kill everyone in his family, likening himself to a Sacramento serial killer who murdered six family members in 2001.
The Sacramento Bee reported that court documents show that last summer Grigoriy Bukhantsov’s father alleged the teenager struck him and threatened to kill his family “like [Nikolay] Soltys did.”
Bukhantsov was arrested Wednesday on three counts of murder. Police suspect he may be responsible for the deaths of his sister-in-law, 23-year-old Alina Bukhantsov, her 3-year-old Emmanuela and 2-year-old Avenir, the Bee reported.
Alina Bukhantsov’s husband, Denis Bukhantsov, reportedly found the bodies when he came home Tuesday afternoon.
The Bee reported the Bukhantsov family arrived in the U.S. as religious refugees from Ukraine and that the executive director of Sacramento’s Slavic Community Center had known Grigoriy Bukhantsov for years and saw the young man transform from a nice boy to a troubled high school dropout.
The Bee said the court granted a temporary order but the matter was dropped at a hearing two weeks later. Grigoriy Bukhantsov also served a few months in jail for an arrest last December after he allegedly broke into a Sacramento County home.
-- Ari Bloomekatz