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3 slain in Calif. family; relative arrested

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested the 19-year-old brother of a man whose wife and two young children were found brutally slain inside their suburban Sacramento home a day earlier.

The department’s spokesman, Sergeant Jason Ramos, said ‘‘something bad was brewing for some time’’ between the suspect and his extended family.

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The suspect, Grigoriy Bukhantsov, was taken into custody early Wednesday morning and was being booked at Sacramento County Jail. Ramos said he was the only suspect in the Tuesday killing of the woman, her 2-year-old son, and 3-year-old daughter.

A 6-month-old boy was found unharmed in the Rancho Cordova duplex.

The husband found the bodies when he returned home Tuesday afternoon, then ran to a neighbor, who called police. Authorities have not identified the husband, but they say he is not a suspect and has been cooperating, despite being distraught.

The identities of the victims also have not been released.

California Department of Motor Vehicle records show Aleksey Bukhantsov was the registered owner of a 2005 Chrysler minivan that had been stolen from the family’s home after the attack. Authorities had been searching for the vehicle and spotted it about 2 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant in Rocklin, a suburb to the northeast of the state capital.

They found the suspect sleeping inside a booth in the restaurant.

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