Man drives to Mt. Shasta PD with body in car – confesses to 4 murders, including 2 children
MT SHASTA — A Roseville man who officials say walked into the Mt. Shasta Police Department claiming to have a body in his car and that he killed three other people is in custody after officials confirmed finding four deceased individuals yesterday, Monday, Oct. 14.
Officials from Mt. Shasta and Roseville Police Departments are now working together to investigate how and why the man, who has since been identified as 53-year-old, Shankar Nagappa Hangud, murdered two adults and two children, who are all believed to be members of the man’s own family.
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Yesterday’s murder investigation began shortly after noon when Mt. Shasta PD officials say Hangud calmly walked into their police station’s lobby and told officers he had the body of a deceased man inside his car. The suspect also allegedly told officials they would find the bodies of three other people he murdered inside his Roseville apartment.
“MSPD Officers confirmed the deceased person in the vehicle and detained the suspect,” Mt. Shasta PD wrote in a social media release about the ongoing investigation. “Roseville PD was notified, and they dispatched officers to an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Junction Blvd. in Roseville, just northeast of Sacramento, and confirmed three additional victims were found deceased at the scene.”
Authorities are asking for the public’s help piecing together a timeline of events after 53-year-old, Roseville resident, Shankar Nagappa Hangud, walked into the Mt. Shasta Police Department’s lobby and admitted to officials that he had the body of a deceased man inside his vehicle and that they would find three additional murder victims, including two children, inside his Roseville apartment. RPD images
Although none of the victims have been publicly identified, Roseville PD conducted an “extensive interview” with Hangud, and the department has reported, “Based on this interview we believe (Hangud) is the sole suspect in the four homicides,” and “the four victims consist of two adults and two juveniles.”
“It appears the victims were killed by this suspect over a few days’ time span,” Roseville PD explained in their own social media release about the murders, saying, “We’re still working to put that timeline together.”
The suspect, who Roseville PD said is of “Middle Eastern descent,” has since been transported to and booked into the Placer County Jail charged with four counts of murder. He’ll be prosecuted in Placer County, according to officials from the two agencies.
Since Hangud’s stunning confession, officials from Siskiyou and Placer counties have been working to obtain search warrants for the vehicle the man drove to the Mt. Shasta PD Station, as well as his Roseville apartment.
Officials are also working to determine why the alleged suspect drove from his Roseville apartment with one of the victims in his car, nearly four hours and about 230 miles to Mt. Shasta PD’s police station.
“We’re continuing to work in coordination with the Mt Shasta Police Department, Placer County Sheriff Coroner’s Office, Placer County District Attorney’s Office, Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office, and Siskiyou County Sheriff/Coroner’s Office,” Roseville PD officials have explained; saying they need the public’s assistance creating a timeline for the “series of homicides.”
According to Roseville PD, what their detectives have learned from Hangud thus far is that within the last week he “left his home in Roseville with one adult male victim, of East Indian descent.”
Together, they drove away from the scene of the three murders in Hangud’s vehicle, described as a burgundy Mazda. After leaving Roseville, the pair “traveled to unknown places in Northern California,” before the last victim was killed and Hangud “ended up in Mt. Shasta.”
“At this time, we’re not releasing a motive for these crimes as this remains an active investigation,” Roseville PD said in their announcement.
Roseville Police Department is the primary investigating agency in this ongoing homicide investigation.
Anyone who may have seen the suspect, accompanied by an adult male of East Indian descent, or who can help piece together a timeline of events is encouraged to immediately contact Roseville Police Department at (916) 746-1059. Callers can remain anonymous.
This is a developing story that will be updated as new information is available.
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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.