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Monday, Sep 01 2014 11:21 AM

Tehachapi man arrested on murder charges

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The Kern County Sheriff's Office has taken over investigation of the apparent homicide of two men at the Sierra View Apartments on Cherry Lane in Tehachapi. The gated complex is pictured here. Jack Barnwell / Tehachapi News

Joaquin Balassa, 28, of Tehachapi has been arrested on charges of murder after Tehachapi Police Department officers found two men dead in his apartment in the 600 block of Cherry Lane early Monday morning.

Police responded to the the Sierra Vista apartment complex at around 4 a.m., according to the Kern County Sheriff's Department.

Police contacted Balassa at apartment 47 and found the two adult men, "suffering from obvious trauma," inside, a Sheriff's news release reported.

Kern County Sheriff's Department robbery/homicide detectives were called in to take over the investigation and, after completing an initial review, arrested Balassa on two counts of murder.

The two victims have not been identified and autopsies are scheduled to determine how they died, Sheriff's officials reported.

Sheriff's officials are asking anyone who has knowledge of the incident to call 861-3110 or the secret witness line at 322-4040. Information can aslo be sent anonymously to TIP411 by typing in the key word "KCSO" prior to the message.

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