The double murder at what police believe was a marijuana house may be connected to the ongoing rash of crimes against Asian Americans in South Sacramento in California.
Fox 40 reports the two victims are suspected of trying to rob the home in a home invasion at 4 a.m. Sunday.
Sean Huang has been arrested in the killing of Ahjanique Hodges, but not yet for the murder of Glen Myers. Both victims are 18.
Huang was arrested later that day at a hospital where he was being treated for injuries from the incident, according to the Sacramento Bee.
700 marijuana plants were found in the home. It’s not clear what connection Huang might have to the pot grow.
Two other robberies have occurred at suspected marijuana grows in the past few days. All three homes were being used by Asian Americans, reported the Bee. A spike in home invasions and robberies of Asian Americans began last fall. Those robberies seemed to slow after a series of arrests, but police began to see a surge again this winter.
“It’s possible the people conducting those street robberies or driveway robberies may also be engaged in some of these home invasions,” said Sacramento Police Department Spokesman Matthew McPhail.
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