Indian-origin tech millionaire Atre was allegedly murdered by employees of his cannabis business

Ritu Jha-

Several suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of  an Indian-origin tech millionaire who was kidnapped and murdered on his own property, the Santa Cruz County Sheriff in California announced during a press conference held Thursday, May 21.

On Oct. 1 this past year, Tushar Atre. 50, was kidnapped around 3 a.m. from his home in Santa Cruz County and found murdered in a BMW SUV at 10 a.m. the same day on another of his properties in the 24000 block of Soquel San Jose Road in Santa Cruz Mountain.

He died of gunshot wounds announced the officers, calling the murder, a “heinous and senseless crime.”

According to the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office,  there are four main suspects, and two of those suspects were Atre’s employees.

The suspects arrested are in jail and are facing charges of murder, kidnapping and robbery.

The suspects are Joshua James Camps, 23, Kurtis Charters, 22, Stephen Nicolas Lindsay, 22, all three are based in California, whereas Kaleb Charters, 19, and his brother Kurtis Charters are from Michigan.

According to the sheriff’s Office, Lindsay and Kaleb Charters were working with Atre’s cannabis business.

Atre, a resident of Santa Cruz. California, was the owner of digital marketing company AtreNet Inc., which caterered to several Silicon Valley corporate businesses. He was also in the cannabis industry and co-owner of the Interstitial Systems, a Santa Cruz-based licensed cannabis manufacturer dispensary.

However, cannabis has become a burgeoning industry in California after it was legalized 2018.

The sheriff also released the video that shows suspects approaching Atre’s home, carrying a rifle and duffle bag. During the news conference the sheriff also read a message shared by Atre’s family thanking the officers and calling Atre a community man, a loving son, brother, uncle and a friend who moved to Silicon Valley in 1996.

The officers, too, extended the heartfelt condolence to the family and thanked the community for their efforts and support in 9-month long investigation. The sheriff announced there was a reward of $200,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects.