Sacramento Brothers Convicted of Murder

December 13, 2016

R. Scott Owens

District Attorney

10810 Justice Center Drive, Suite 240
Roseville, California 95678


For Immediate Release
December 13th, 2016

Contact: Jeff Wilson, Assistant District Attorney


Roman Glukhoy and Ruslan Glukhoy, both 21 years old of Sacramento, California were found guilty by two separate juries after a nearly two-month trial. Ruslan Glukhoy was convicted of multiple offenses including two counts of First Degree Murder, 187(a) of the Penal Code. Roman Glukhoy, Ruslan’s identical twin brother, was convicted by a separate jury of multiple offenses including two counts of Second Degree Murder, 187(a) of the Penal Code, in the deaths of Anahi Tovar 14 years old and Jose Tovar 35 years old, both residents of Sacramento, on April 2, 2014. In addition to being found guilty of First Degree Murder, Ruslan’s Jury also found true allegations that the murder occurred during the commission of a felony and that there were multiple victims.

The offense began in South Auburn when the Glukhoy brothers and a third person were stealing items from multiple vehicles when they were contacted by two Auburn Police Officers. The three suspects retreated to their vehicle. Roman drove the vehicle at a high rate of speed away from the Officers and eventually crashed at an off ramp in Loomis. The Glukoy brothers ran from the Loomis crash scene and eventually stole a truck from a nearby residence. Ruslan Glukhoy drove the stolen truck while his brother Roman was in the back seat. The pair led several law enforcement agencies on a high speed pursuit from Loomis to Antelope Road, where the stolen truck ran a red light and crashed into a car occupied by Jose Tovar and his daughter Anahi, killing them both.

Supervising Deputy District Attorney David Tellman prosecuted the case on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office. Tellman was pleased with the verdict of both juries and attributed the successful prosecution to the quality investigation of multiple agencies, including the

Placer County Sheriff’s Department, Auburn Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and the Sacramento County Crime Lab.

Roman and Ruslan Glukhoy remain in the Placer County Jail and are being held without bail. Their sentencing is scheduled to take place on January 20th, 2017 at 9 a.m. in Department 12 before the Honorable Coleen Nichols who presided over the trial. Defendant Ruslan Glukhoy is facing a potential sentence of life in prison without parole, while Roman Glukhoy is facing a potential sentence of 30 years to life in state prison.