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> his wife, and two kids.
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Evidence indicated Careaga had run cocaine,
and had plenty of cash in his house.
3 arrested in connection to 2017 quadruple murder of Seabeck family
Three men were arrested Monday in connection to the quadruple murder of
a well-known Kitsap County family in 2017.
Author: KING 5 Staff
Published: 11:50 AM PDT June 6, 2022
Updated: 7:10 PM PDT June 6, 2022
KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. — Three people have been arrested in connection to
the “heinous quadruple homicide” of the Careaga family in 2017, the
Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) announced Monday.
The KCSO said three suspects were arrested on felony warrants Monday
morning during a “multi-agency operation.” The suspects were identified
as a 43-year-old man from Bremerton, a 50-year-old man from Gig Harbor
and a 49-year-old man from Bremerton.
The KCSO said the warrants list 16 different felony charges for each
suspect ranging from first-degree aggravated murder, first-degree
murder, first-degree arson and first-degree burglary.
All three suspects were booked into the Kitsap County Jail and held on
$20 million bail.
“We are extremely pleased with today’s arrests and know firsthand the
dedication and hard work shown to this case by the Kitsap County
Sheriff’s office” Kelly Smith, assistant special agent in charge of the
FBI Seattle Office, said in a statement. “The work will continue, but
this is the first step in resolving the tragic events surrounding this
Three members of the Careaga family were killed on Jan. 27, 2017.
Christale Careaga and two of the 16-year-old boys in her blended family,
Jonathon Higgins and Hunter Schaap, were found dead inside their
Two days later, on Jan. 29, Christale’s husband, John Careaga, was found
shot to death inside his burned Ford F-150 pick-up truck.
Task force investigators are asking that anyone with information about
the killings call and speak with detectives. Information can be
submitted to the FBI by calling 1-800-CALLFBI (1-800-225-5324
) or online
at FBI.gov. The public is asked to reference the Careaga homicides when
submitting a tip.
The three suspects are expected to be arraigned at the Kitsap County
Courthouse on Tuesday.
In Jan. 2020, KCSO detectives linked the murders to a notorious
motorcycle club and said members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club were
directly involved in the killings. At the time, investigators named a
41-year-old man associated with the Bandidos as a person of interest in
Authorities said more information about the case and arrests will be
released during a 1 p.m. press conference Tuesday. KING 5 will stream
the press conference inside this story, on the free KING 5 mobile app
and on the KING 5 YouTube page.
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