SACRAMENTO (KRON) — Friday morning, police arrested 56-year-old Salvador Vasquez-Oliva of Sacramento in connection to the deaths of four people in Sacramento, according to the Sacramento Police Department.
After a relative reported that something might be wrong around 7:00 a.m. Thursday, police found four people dead in a home on the 1100 block of 35th Ave.
Sacramento County Coroner’s Office has confirmed that the victims are two adults and two children. How they were killed remains unclear.
“This does not appear to be a random act,” Officer Linda Matthew said. “We believe the victims were known to the suspect.
Vasquez-Oliva was originally detained in the area of Pierce St. and Golden Gate Ave. in San Francisco on Thursday, but was not officially arrested until Friday morning.
He has since been booked into the Sacramento County Jail where he remains in custody.
“Even though an arrest has been made, this remains a very active investigation so only limited information can be provided at this time,” police said.
Investigators will remain at the scene on 35th Ave. for the duration of the day as they continue to process the scene.
At this time, the names, sex, gender, and relationship of the victims are not being released to the public and will be completed by the Coroner’s Office at a later time, police said. But friends and relatives of a young family that lived in the Sacramento house feared the worst.
Rita Munoz, who lives in the neighborhood, said her grandchildren played with an 11-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl who lived with their mother in the house. Munoz said her neighbor’s mother arrived at the house shortly after the bodies were found Thursday and was heard crying “Oh my gosh, my only baby. My grandbabies are all gone,” after she learned what happened.
Later Munoz said she overheard the woman say: “I told her not to go back to him.”
“It’s a horrible thing,” Munoz said.
Vasquez-Oliva was quickly singled out by investigators on Thursday. Police said he is from Sacramento, but records show he is also is associated with an apartment near the University of San Francisco, six blocks from where police found him. The building is in a nice neighborhood, but is worn and run down. There was no answer at the door, though a light remained on inside.
The California Employment Development Department, which administers the state’s unemployment checks, said it has employed Vasquez-Oliva as an office technician since 2014.
The single-story beige home with sculpted shrubbery where the bodies were found has a basketball hoop in a driveway that police blocked with yellow crime scene tape. It’s located in a tree-lined residential neighborhood of neatly maintained homes near a church.
Police have not said when or how the victims were killed.