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Twin Brothers Face Murder Charges After Deadly High-Speed Crash In Antelope

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ANTELOPE (CBS13) — A chase that started at around 5 a.m. on Wednesday in Auburn would end with the deaths of a father and daughter who weren’t involved with the chase.

Investigators say twin brothers Ruslan and Roman Glukhoy stole a pickup truck from a driver and led cops on a chase down Interstate 80, reaching speeds of up to 100 mph.

They took the Antelope exit and crashed into a white Kia driving down Antelope Road, killing Jose Luis Barriga-Tovar, 35, and his 14-year-old daughter instantly.

The twins are now accused of murder.

“My heart and every fiber of my being goes out to the people that were injured and their families, and I’m so sorry, because I can’t imagine what they’re going through,” said Ariana, a friend of the suspects’ family.

She says the brothers were good people as long as she knew them, but they got caught up with the wrong crowd.

“I knew Roman and Ruslan very well, and I promise you that they’re not able to live with themselves right now,” she said. “What they did, they’re not going to be able to live with.”

The brothers, wanted for burglary, bailed from the truck and were eventually taken into custody as neighbors watched.

A third suspect, Yuriy Merkushev, was caught hiding in Loomis. He’s charged with possession of stolen property and resisting arrest.

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