The kidnapping and killing of a Santa Cruz County web site developer final yr was allegedly a theft carried out by 4 younger males, together with two who labored at a hashish enterprise the sufferer additionally ran, authorities stated Thursday.
Early within the morning on Oct 1., Tushar Atre, 50, founding father of AtreNet Inc., was kidnapped from his oceanfront dwelling by three suspects who had a rifle with them, Lt. Brian Cleveland stated. Atre’s physique was discovered hours later at a property within the Santa Cruz Mountains.
The suspects in his homicide have been recognized as Joshua Camps, 23, of Lancaster, Calif.; Kurtis Charters, 22, of Lancaster, Calif.; Kaleb Charters, 19, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan; and Steven Lindsay, 22, of Burbank, Calif. Kurtis and Kaleb Charters are brothers. The suspects had been arrested at or close to their houses, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
Kaleb Charters and Lindsay beforehand labored for Atre is his hashish enterprise, Cleveland stated. Camps was an “affiliate to the group.”
Cleveland stated authorities consider the crime was deliberate and consider the motive was theft.
“With out stepping into too many particulars, they had been after financial achieve and that’s why we consider this crime occurred,” he stated.
Camps, Kurtis Charters and Lindsay are in custody with out bail on the Santa Cruz County Jail for homicide, theft and kidnapping, based on the sheriff’s workplace. Kaleb Charters can be booked on the identical costs after he’s extradited from Michigan.
Sheriff Jim Hart stated “compelling” proof can be introduced to the district lawyer for consideration of costs in opposition to the 4.
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