Antelope Brothers Charged with Murder

April 04, 2014
R. Scott Owens

District Attorney
Placer County District Attorney

10810 Justice Center Drive, Suite 240
Roseville, California 95678

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Date: April 4, 2014


Jeff Wilson

Assistant District Attorney

Antelope Brothers Charged with Murder

The District Attorney’s Office announced today that two counts of murder have been filed against brothers Ruslan and Roman Glukhoy, both 19 years old, of Antelope, in connection with the April 2nd, 2014, deaths of 35-year-old Jose Luis Barriga-Tovar of Antelope and his 14-year-old daughter. A third defendant, Yuriy V. Merkushev, 21 years old, of Antelope was also charged along with the Glukhoy brothers, with Conspiracy, Grand Theft, Assaulting a Peace Officer, and Resisting a Police Officer with Force as well as Evading a Peace Officer with Willful and Wanton disregard for the safety of persons and property. Merkushev is not charged with murder.

The above charges are in connection with events occurring on April 2, 2014, where officers attempted to stop the defendants because they suspected them of being involved in a burglary in the City of Auburn. The defendants attempted to ram officers with their car to evade capture and then recklessly fled from the seen. After wrecking their first vehicle, the two brothers stole a vehicle and continued, without Merkushev, to recklessly flee law enforcement until they collided with the victim’s vehicle.

Both the Glukhoy brothers are being held in Placer County without bail. Merkusev bail is currently set at $15,000. All Defendants are scheduled to be arraigned in Department 13 of the Placer County Superior Court today at 1 p.m.

Given that the investigation is ongoing, our office will not be able to comment any further about the facts of the case.