Investigation Discovery’s show Evil Twins aired the episode “All-American Killers” on October 9, 2018. The episode covered the crime of the Glukhoy twins, who are currently paying the price of their deeds.
It was a typical morning for 14-year-old Anahi Tovar. She was all excited to go to her friend’s place, where she and her friend, Destini Vassar, would often meet to take the bus to Cooley Middle School in Roseville, in Placer County, California.
Tovar’s father, Jose Luis Barriga-Tovar, was dropping his daughter off like usual. Barriga-Tovar would leave early every day for work and drop his daughter off at her friend’s house in Roseville. It was a ritual for the girls because they used to have breakfast together and then walk to the school bus stop.
However, little did the Tovars know that April 2, 2014, would be the last day of their lives. When Anahi didn’t show up, her friend Vassar was worried and started sending her texts.
The Horrific Accident
Earlier that day, at around 5:00 a.m., Auburn authorities were checking a suspicious car, which was connected to a number of thefts in the area. Auburn is also in Placer County, California.
Inside the car were three male suspects: 19-year-old twin brothers Roman and Ruslan Glukhoy; and 21-year-old Yuriy V. Merkushev.
A multi-city, two-county crime spree ended in tragedy this morning when 19-year-old twin brothers crashed a stolen truck…
As the authorities approached the BMW, it sped directly toward them. The officers were able to avoid the car and then followed in pursuit.
The car later crashed at a Loomis offramp and the suspects ran away.
Reportedly, the Glukhoy twins then entered a house on Becky Way and stole the keys of a Ford F150 truck.
Merkushev, on the other hand, was arrested after he was found hiding in Loomis.
After stealing the truck, the 19-year-old twin brothers led police on another high-speed chase. Ruslan was at the wheel. According to sources, he was driving very roughly and went over 100 mph.
Meanwhile, Barriga-Tovar was trying to take a left turn onto Antelope North Road in his white Kia when suddenly an F-150 pickup truck rammed into the Kia.
Both victims, Barriga-Tovar and his daughter Anahi, died instantly in the car crash.
The chase for the Glukhoy twins went on for some time after the accident, as the brothers fled the scene on foot, jumping fences.
Roman was arrested right away. Ruslan was found hiding in a nearby backyard and was arrested shortly after.
Jose Barriga-Tovar’s wife, Anahi Corona-Tovar, revealed that on April 2, 2014, she was watching the 11:00 a.m. Spanish news when she heard about the car crash and realized it was her husband and daughter.
Her life was turned upside down…and she wanted the culprits to be punished.
Glukhoy Twins Were Wrestlers
The Glukhoy twin brothers’ parents, Andrey and Natalya Glukhoy, had big dreams for their sons. The boys were amazing high school wrestlers and wanted to become professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters.
Their family moved from the Ukraine to Sacramento in 2001. The boys were home-schooled by their mother during most of their high school years.
In 2011, the brothers were involved in a car accident. Soon after, they became dependent on prescription painkillers.
The teens started hanging out with the wrong crowd and struggled with pills and drugs.
At the time of their arrest, they were 19 years old, with the potential of a very bright future.
Ruslan Glukhoy, according to his Facebook profile, hails from Kyiv, Ukraine and attended Mira Loma High. In 1994, he started practicing to become a fighter at MMA. Ruslan also posted a photo with his brother and their mom and dad, calling them the best people.
His twin brother, Roman, goes by the name Roman Kratsov on Facebook. He was living in Sacramento, California and also attended Mira Loma High School. Like Ruslan, he was also a wrestler at UFC.
Their Dark Past
Upon investigation, the authorities uncovered a lot of the former star wrestlers’ past.
In 2012, when Ruslan was a juvenile, he was accused of burglary.
In 2013, Roman was charged with possession of stolen property. Initially, he was supposed to be in jail for three months; his case was considered a felony but was reduced to a misdemeanor.
Who Was Anahi Tovar?
A day after the horrific accident, the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office released the name of the victim.
Anahi Tovar was born on March 7, 2000.
The teen girl was in the eighth grade studying at Cooley Middle School in Roseville.
Her school was shocked and appalled when they heard the news of Tovar’s passing. Tovar’s school’s principal described her as a smart, beautiful student who was loved by teachers and her classmates.
Tovar was a popular girl in her school, who had competed in a swing dance competition with her boyfriend. One of her favorite subjects was Science. In June, Tovar was set to graduate from middle school and she had big dreams of becoming a cheerleader.
A lot of her school friends took to Twitter and shared sweet memories and condolences for Tovar.
Although Tovar’s family shifted from the Roseville School district to the Antelope area back in 2014, Tovar attended her old school so that she could be with her friends.
Tovar was buried in Lincoln Cemetery at the age of 14.
Jose Luis Barriga-Tovar Died at the Age of 35
Tovar’s father Jose Luis Barriga-Tovar was born on February 8, 1979. At the time of his death, he was just 35 years old. He was buried in Lincoln Cemetery alongside his daughter.
Barriga-Tovar and his family reportedly came to the United States from Mexico for better opportunities, moving to the Sacramento area in 2001 from Uruapan.
Barriga-Tovar is survived by his wife Anahi Corona-Tovar, their 13-year-old daughter, Andrea, and their four-year-old son, Alvin.
Reportedly, Barriga-Tovar was the only source of income for the family. He was earning his livelihood by making cabinets in Rancho Cordova.
His father, Aureliano Tovar, is a peanut vendor in Uruapán, Michoacán. He said, “We think we are living in a nightmare. He sent us money to eat every month or so – he was a very nice person who always wanted the best for me. And my granddaughter was very happy, very lively and fun.”
The Mexican government contributed to the burial expenses of Barriga-Tovar and his daughter. In fact, the government also assisted for the visas of Barriga-Tovar’s father, sister, and brother, so that they could come from Mexico to the United States for the funeral.
Has Justice Been Served?
Ruslan was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, burglary, and felony evading. Roman was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the crash.
Merkushev faced charges of conspiracy, hitting an officer, grand theft and resisting arrest. At the time of the crash, he was not with the brothers.
Both the Glukhoy twins were found guilty by different juries after the trial went on for two months.
In 2016, it was reported that the brothers Ruslan and Roman Glukhoy were sentenced to prison for killing Barriga-Tovar and his daughter. On January 20, 2017, Ruslan was sentenced to life in prison without any parole. Roman was sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison.