Three children murdered in West Sacramento apartment complex, and their father was arrested hours later near I-80 in Sacramento.
The children were identified by the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office as Kelvin Hodges, 11, Julie Hodges, 9, and Lucas Hodges, 7 months old. KCRA3 reported.
The stepfather of the children, Robert Hodges, 32, of West Sacramento, was taken into custody at about midnight Thursday by CHP officers off Interstate 80 and West El Camino Avenue and he was detained without incident, West Sacramento Police Sgt. Roger Kinney said to reporters.
The triple-homicide happened sometime after 9 p.m. at the Timbers Apartments on Touchstone Place in West Sacramento. The initial 911 call came in as a domestic violence incident, and as police were on the way to the complex, someone called 911 again to report the children were possibly already dead. First responders performed life-saving measures on the children, but all three were pronounced dead at the scene. Sgt. Kinney said.
“Something like this is disturbing,” Sgt. Kinney said. “The police officers are absolutely impacted, along with the firefighters, and certainly the family, the neighbors, this call is going to have quite a bit of emotion. It’s horrific, and it’s complicated to deal with this. That’s is going to take not hours, not days. It’s going to take a while to come to grips with what happened there.”
“The mother of the children was a victim of domestic violence and police will investigate whether there was a history of domestic violence at home.” Sgt. Kinney added. “Obviously, she’s traumatized, and it’s going to take some time to find out what’s going on.”
West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon released a statement regarding this incident next morning:
“All of West Sacramento stands together in profound heartbreak, shocked by the vile domestic murder of 3 children in our community. In a small town, each of us, whether parents, mentors, neighbors and just plain citizens, know that protecting our children is our most sacred duty, and the betrayal of that duty in the home is unfathomable and unconscionable. Our thoughts go out to the friends, families, and classmates of the young victims. Together, we grieve this loss.”
Neighbors in the apartment complex were shocked by this brutal triple-murder.
Theresa Bustamante lives next to the apartment where the three children murdered. “There were no signs of trouble or fighting before tragic night. I was in my apartment all the time watching my movies, and I didn’t hear anything. These apartments always so quiet.” Theresa Bustamante said.
Daniel and Alina Vertelnikov are neighbors and was friends of the three children murdered. “I played with her almost every single day, she was a lovely friend,” Alina said. “We always played together with different games like racing, and I don’t know, it’s like a bang. It just happened.”
West Sacramento Police Department stayed tight-lipped about the incident for most of the night, calling it only a “significant incident” until they released information about the murders just after 11:30 p.m.