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Sacramento Police Make Arrest In Quadruple Homicide

  
UPDATE 2:31 p.m. 3/24/17: The man arrested today on suspicion of homicide in connection to the killings of four people in Sacramento's South Land Park neighborhood, is the same man detained in San Francisco Thursday.
 
A Sacramento Police spokeswoman says that man is 56-year-old Salvador Vasquez-Oliva of Sacramento.
 
The four victims included two children and two adults. Their identities have not yet been released.
 
Their bodies were discovered Thursday when police entered the home after a relative reported that something might be wrong. 


UPDATE 8:54 a.m. 3/24/17: Sacramento police officers arrested a 56-year-old Salvadorian man in response to a quadruple homicide on 35th Avenue.

Vasquez-Olivia in custody at Sacramento County Main Jail.


UPDATE 4:59 p.m. 3/23/17: The Sacramento Police Department is investigating the deaths of four people found murdered in a home on 35th Avenue Thursday morning.

Sergeant Bryce Heinlein says officers were called to the South Land-Park home after a family member contacted police.

Heinlein says officers were quickly able to identify that the four people were victims of a homicide but needed to obtain a search warrant in order to further investigate.

"We developed information that led us to a potential suspect that was currently in San Francisco at that time... but we're pretty confident that this was not a random act and we believe that the suspect is known to the victims," says Heinlein.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg thanked police Thursday for working quickly to get an arrest. He also said two of the victims are children.

Sergeant Heinlein says the potential suspect has only been detained and has not been arrested as of Thursday evening.

Also, police have not yet released the ages of the victims.

Heinlein says this is the city's first quadruple homicide in recent memory.


Original Post 3/23/17: Sacramento Police officers are investigating a home on 35th Avenue in the South Land Park neighborhood where the bodies of four dead people were found.

Spokesperson Sergeant Bryce Heinlein with the Sacramento Police Department says officers were called to the home as part of a welfare check after a family member contacted police about 7 a.m. with safety concerns for some of the home's residents.

Heinlein says officers were quickly able to identify that the four people were victims of a homicide but needed to obtain a search warrant in order to further investigate the circumstances of their deaths.

He says the investigation developed information that led them to a potential suspect who was in San Francisco this morning.

"At this point, he's only detained, he's not considered to be arrested, we still have a lot of follow-up to that needs to be conducted with this individual," says Heinlein. "We're pretty confident that this is not a random act and we believe that the suspect is known to the victims."

Traffic around the 1100 block of the avenue is expected to be impacted for the remainder of the day as police work on the suspected homicide investigation.

-Capital Public Radio Staff

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