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* Santa Cruz Police Arrest Third Murder Suspect Adam Hunt

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A 29-year-old Watsonville man was arrested early this morning, the third suspect arrested in connection with the disappearance of a missing Los Angeles man in what is being treated as a homicide investigation, according to Santa Cruz police.  Adam Hunt surrendered at the Santa Cruz Police Department at about 12:40 a.m. today and was arrested for his alleged involvement in the
kidnapping and robbery of Elias Sorokin, who was last seen on July 20, police said.  Hunt was arrested after Stewart Skuba and Kenneth Clamp, both 29-year-old Santa Cruz men, were arrested Thursday for their alleged involvement in the kidnapping and robbery of Sorokin, according to police. Santa Cruz police Capt. Steve Clark said Friday that investigators believe Sorokin was kidnapped and robbed during a marijuana deal at a home in the 200 block of Felix Street in Santa Cruz.  Based in part on evidence recovered from the home, authorities are treating the case as a homicide investigation, and are continuing to work to
locate Sorokin, according to Clark. Sorokin was last seen on July 20 in Santa Cruz. He missed business meetings in Los Angeles the next day, and friends and family have been unable to reach him. Someone tried unsuccessfully to access his checking account at businesses in Santa Cruz and Watsonville during the past week.  Sorokin’s charred truck was also found late Tuesday, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities responded to reports of a burning vehicle along Smith Grade Road near Empire Grade in Bonny Doon around midnight on Tuesday. Upon arrival, it was discovered that the 2007 Toyota Tacoma belonged to Sorokin, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Greg Lansdowne. The charred truck was seized and is being examined by the crime scene investigation unit, according to Lansdowne. Hunt and Skuba were both arrested for kidnapping with the intent
to commit robbery, while Clamp was arrested for a parole violation, but is believed to have some involvement with Sorokin’s disappearance, according to Clark.  The sheriff’s office, along with the Santa Cruz and Watsonville police departments, are assisting the Los Angeles Police Department, which is leading the investigation.

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