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Three arrested in death of south Sacramento man who befriended them

Sandy George
Sandy George Sacramento Police Department

Three members of a family have been arrested in the death of a south Sacramento man who reportedly befriended them in their time of need.

Sacramento police officers responded Nov. 17 to the 4000 block of Shining Star Drive, where they found 77-year-old Leo Curry Jr. dead inside his home. Family members had called police after becoming concerned when they had not heard from Curry in several days. Neighbors also reported that Curry’s vehicle was missing from his driveway, where it was usually parked, according to a Police Department news release.

Because Curry showed signs of physical trauma, homicide detectives and crime-scene investigators joined the investigation.

Police said it was soon discovered that Curry had befriended a family in need and invited them into his home. Police allege that the family took advantage of Curry, stealing his property and money.

Sandy George, 35, Michael Moreno, 37 and Kevin Moreno, 19, are accused of conspiring to commit robbery and theft against Curry over several weeks. Police said detectives discovered that Curry’s vehicle had been sold via an online ad after his death, which led them to book all three suspects on suspicion of homicide.

The investigation is continuing, and police ask anyone with information on the case to call the dispatch center at (916) 264-5471 or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter “SACTIP” followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.