Two former staff of a Santa Cruz tech govt’s hashish enterprise had 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; and Kaleb Charters, 19, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., based on the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Workplace.
Three had been booked into 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 was anticipated to be booked this week.
Lindsay and Kaleb Charters had 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, based on the Sheriff’s Workplace.
With the assistance of native sheriff’s and police departments, arrest warrants had been served Tuesday in Michigan and Southern California. Every of the lads was taken into custody at or close to their residence.
The lads allegedly kidnapped Atre shortly earlier than three a.m. on Oct. 1 from his residence on Pleasure Level Drive, earlier than driving him in Atre’s white BMW to a property on Soquel San Jose Highway. Deputies discovered Atre’s physique the subsequent morning.
Atre based an internet design firm known as AtreNet and ran a hashish enterprise.
Lt. Brian Cleveland of the Sheriff’s Workplace stated officers imagine the motive was theft and the crime was deliberate, though it stays unclear what the suspects wished to steal from Atre.
“They had been after financial acquire, and that’s why we imagine this crime occurred,” Cleveland stated.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Jim Hart praised the efforts of detectives, forensic specialists and different regulation enforcement businesses concerned within the case.
“We butted up in opposition to a whole lot of closed doorways during the last seven or eight months,” Hart stated. “Each time that occurred, our investigators discovered someplace else to go together 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 this week.