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Indian American Man Arrested Intentionally Ramming Car, Killing 3 Teens

Teens tried to prank their friend - but 42-year-old Anurag Chandra answered the door

Anurag Chandra

TEMESCAL VALLEY, CA- Indian American man has been arrested, accused of intentionally ramming a Toyota Prius in Temescal Valley, sending the car crashing into a tree and killing three 16-year-old boys inside.

Drake Ruiz, Daniel Hawkins and Jacob Ivascu were travelling inside the car when it was rammed into a tree in Temescal Valley, California on Sunday night.

Ivascu died at the scene, while Ruiz and Hawkins died at Inland Valley Medical Center shortly after arriving.

Three other young occupants of the Prius were injured but survived the crash.

Ruiz’s mother said she believes the boys’ attempt to pull a “ding-dong-dash” prank, ringing a doorbell and quickly driving away, sparked the fatal incident.

She said the teens were on their way to a sleepover to celebrate Ivascu’s birthday when they tried to prank their friend – but 42-year-old Anurag Chandra answered the door, got into his car and chased the teens.

“The boys were playing ding-dong-ditch at a house they thought was… somebody their age, but it turned out to be that angry man,’‘ Debbie Ruiz said.

Quintero said Chandra “intentionally rammed” his Infiniti sedan into the Prius, causing the driver to lose control of the car and hit the tree.

Following the crash, Chandra allegedly fled the scene to a nearby house on Mojeska Summit Road, where witnesses followed him and alerted authorities.

Police officers arrested him at the house at 2:46 a.m. Monday.

He was booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside without bail on suspicion of three counts of murder and six counts of assault with a deadly weapon, jail records show.

He is tentatively scheduled at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

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