Antioch police ask public’s help to find murder suspect
By Detective Santiago Castillo, Antioch Police Investigations Bureau –Violent Crimes Unit
The Antioch Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating a suspect in a homicide that occurred on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The victim was a 71-year-old male named Ronald Henry Rush who was killed in his home, 4405 Horseshoe Circle in Antioch, sometime around June 10th and June 11th of 2013. The victim was killed as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.
The investigation has revealed that Ruslan Yaroslavovich Bazelyan had befriended the victim sometime around the beginning of June, 2013. Since that time, the victim had been allowing Bazelyan to stay at his residence for at least a week before the homicide. Following the homicide, Bazelyan fled the location with the victim’s car and cell phone. It is believed that Bazelyan is either in the Sacramento or San Francisco area possibly doing work as an auto mechanic or auto body repairman.
The Antioch Police Department currently holds a warrant for Bazelyan’s arrest for the charges of murder and vehicle theft.
The vehicle is a metallic gold 2008 BMW 328i 2 door hard top convertible. The vehicle has personalized California license plates of: FOXRHR.
This vehicle is currently listed at stolen.
Bazelyan is a 21-year-old white male adult. He is a Russian immigrant who came to this country as a refugee from the Ukraine in 2003. He is approximately 6-feet tall and weighs approximately 160 lbs. He has brown hair and green eyes. Bazelyan does speak English but talks with a Russian accent. During his time with the victim, Bazelyan claimed his name was “Alex” which was later determined to be a false name.
Please see the recent photographs of Bazelyan and the victim’s missing vehicle.
If you know the whereabouts of Bazelyan or the missing vehicle, please contact your local police agency or the Antioch Police Department Investigations Bureau at (925) 779-6933. You may also text an anonymous tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using key word ANTIOCH.
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