Two former workers of a Santa Cruz tech government’s hashish enterprise have been amongst 4 suspects arrested on suspicion of robbing and killing the entrepreneur, authorities stated Thursday.
The suspects are Joshua Camps, 23, and Kurtis Charters, 22, each of Lancaster (Los Angeles County); Stephen Lindsay, 22, of Burbank (Los Angeles County); and Kaleb Charters, 19, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., in accordance with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Three have been booked into the county jail on suspicion of homicide, theft and kidnapping in reference to the October killing of 50-year-old Tushar Atre, officers stated. The fourth suspect was being extradited from Michigan and anticipated to be booked Thursday.
Lindsay and Kaleb Charters have been employed by Atre at his hashish enterprise, officers stated. Kaleb and Kurtis Charters are brothers, and Camps is an “affiliate” of the group.
Not one of the suspects had a prison historical past, in accordance with the Sheriff’s Workplace.
With the assistance of native sheriff’s and police departments, arrest warrants have been served Tuesday in Michigan and Southern California. Every of the boys have been taken into custody at or close to their properties.
The boys allegedly kidnapped Atre shortly earlier than three a.m. on Oct. 1 from his dwelling on Pleasure Level Drive, earlier than driving him to a property on Soquel San Jose Street in Atre’s white BMW. Deputies discovered Atre’s physique the subsequent morning.
Atre based an online design firm known as AtreNet and ran a hashish enterprise.
Lt. Brian Cleveland, of the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Workplace, stated officers imagine the motive was theft and the crime was deliberate, though it stays unclear what precisely the suspects wished to steal from Atre.
“They have been after financial achieve, and that’s why we imagine this crime occurred,” Cleveland stated.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart praised the efforts of detectives, forensic consultants and different regulation enforcement businesses concerned within the case.
“We butted up towards plenty of closed doorways over the past seven or eight months,” Hart stated. “Each time that occurred, our investigators discovered elsewhere to go along with this case. … (It) was solved by excellent police work.”
The Sheriff’s Workplace anticipated to current the case to the Santa Cruz district legal professional’s workplace on Thursday.
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