Father Kills Three in West Sacramento


A domestic violence call in West Sacramento on Wednesday evening turned out to be the worst mass killing in recent Yolo County history, as police responding on the scene found three young children unresponsive, soon to be declared deceased.

The suspect, Robert Hodges, was arrested later that evening and charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.  He is being held at Monroe Detention Center and awaits arraignment on Monday afternoon.

West Sacramento Sgt. Roger Kinney explained to the Vanguard that on Wednesday at 9:20 pm, officers were dispatched to the Timbers Apartments, an apartment complex in the Southport area of the city, in the 250 block of Touchstone Place.  The initial call was a domestic violence call where the male was later identified as Robert William Hodges, 32, out of West Sacramento.

The report was that Mr. Hodges was assaulting a female, later determined to be his wife.  As officers were en route, the call was updated, stating that there were possibly three deceased children in the home.

Mr. Hodges, prior to the arrival of the police, fled the scene in a vehicle.

Sgt. Kinney told the Vanguard that the officers found three unresponsive children upon arrival in the apartment.  He stated that they were not releasing names or ages of the deceased at that point.

However, later, the Yolo County Coroner’s Office identified the children as Kelvin Hodges, 11; Julie Hodges, 9; and Lucas Hodges, 7 months.

The officers at this point began “life-saving” measures.  The fire department also arrived on the scene and took over the rendering of aid to the children.  Medical officials, arriving on the scene, pronounced all three children deceased.

West Sacramento officials called out and received help on the scene from the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office and the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office investigators.

They determined through their preliminary investigation that there was probable cause to arrest Robert Hodges for murder.  They put out a bulletin to all of the agencies in the region to be on the lookout.

At midnight, they received a report from CHP that they had located the vehicle near I-80 and West El Camino and had detained Mr. Hodges without incident.  His identity was confirmed and he was placed under arrest.

Sgt. Kinney told the Vanguard that the responders on the scene were extremely distraught and chaplains were called out for the neighbors as well as responders.

The DA announced Hodges’ arraignment for Monday at 1:30 pm.  The suspect is being held with no bail.

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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6 thoughts on “Father Kills Three in West Sacramento”

      1. John Hobbs

        He has no criminal record and according to his wife, “I was never in an abusive marriage, he had always been a caring and loving person,”

        Sometimes people are holding in things that cannot be contained and sometimes we never know what or why. Logically the recent “spike” in these kinds of crimes is most likely an anomaly, but serves as a reminder to monitor ourselves and our loved ones for disturbing changes in behavior or attitude. My heart goes out to the mother/wife.

  1. Claire Benoit

    Ya well had she have left him after tolerating abuse in silence; the courts would have never believed her claims that he was a danger to her kids

    of course she’d be dismissed as a desperate embittered and vindictive woman. Or crazy and paranoid. Seems easier for courts to believe than a mother actually caring about her kids and exercising her maternal instincts.

    If she limited his access in anyway, she’d have been labeled an alienator (worse than a violent pedophile in the eyes of too many family courts nowadays) and he’d have won custody of her kids. Sadly these babies had few chances of a better ending

    prayers to mom

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