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Suspects from Wednesday’s Crash to be Arraigned Friday

The Placer County sheriff’s Office says the two suspects from Wednesday’s crash that killed 2 will be arraigned Friday, April 4, at 1 p.m. in the Placer County Jail courtroom. The suspects are Roman Glukhoy and Yuriy Merkushev.

Glukhoy is being held without bail, and he also had a no-bail warrant out of Sacramento County. Merkushev’s bail is set at $15,000.

The name of the victims will be released Thursday, when full identification is completed. Autopsies are being performed at the Placer County morgue Thursday.

The multi-city, two-county crime spree ended in tragedy Wednesday morning when 19-year-old twin brothers crashed a stolen truck into a car, killing a man and a girl.

Ruslan and Roman Glukhoy, (Glue-Koy)of Antelope, will be charged with two counts of homicide – and other charges – following the pursuit that began at around 5 a.m. in Auburn and ended in Antelope.

Early Wednesday morning Auburn police officers were checking a suspicious vehicle, related to a series of burglaries in the area, with three male suspects inside. As the officers attempted to make contact, the vehicle with the three suspects drove directly at the officers, committing an assault with a deadly weapon and left the scene.

This pursuit eventually entered westbound I-80. The suspects exited at Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis, but crashed at the end of the off-ramp.

The pair then drove the stolen Ford F150 back onto I-80 and the pursuit began again. The third suspect, Yuriy Merkushev, 21, was later arrested after hiding in Loomis.

The pursuit continued back on westbound I-80, with the suspects driving erratically and at speeds in excess of 100 mph. They exited at Antelope Road and drove at such high speeds that deputies lost sight of them for a time. As the suspects approached Antelope North Road, they struck a sedan that turned left in front of them. The car was occupied by an adult male and a juvenile female, who both died instantly.

Deputies chased the two suspects, who jumped fences and ran through backyards of homes. Roman Glukhoy was apprehended right away, and a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy sustained a broken hand while making the arrest. Ruslan Glukhoy was caught a short time later, hiding in a nearby backyard. He was taken into custody after being subdued by a Sacramento County K-9.

Roman Glukhoy will be booked at the Placer County Jail after completing an interview. Ruslan Glukhoy was admitted to Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael to be booked into jail upon his release from the hospital.

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