Deputies arrest man suspected of double homicide in Tehachapi

Published 09/01 2014 03:08PM

Updated 09/01 2014 08:14PM

TEHACHAPI, CA - Deputies have arrested a man they say was involved in the murder of 2 people in Tehachapi. 

Early Monday morning, officers with the Tehachapi Police Department responded to a peace disturbance call at a Cherry Lane apartment complex.  When they arrived they contacted 28-year-old Joaquin Balassa.  When officers entered the apartment in question they found two men suffering from obvious trauma.

Paramedics pronounced both victims dead at the scene. The Tehachapi Police Department requested the assistance of the Kern County Sheriff's Office Robbery/Homicide Unit. Detectives from the Sheriff's Office arrived on scene and assumed the investigation.

Through the course of the investigation detectives were able to develop probable cause to arrest Balassa for murder. Balassa was booked at the Kern county Jail. Autopsies are scheduled to determine the manner and cause of death of the victims.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office at (661) 861-3110 or contact Secret Witness at (661) 322-4040.

Anonymous "text" tips can be sent to TIP411 (847411). Just type the key word "KCSO" prior to the message.

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