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Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
Thursday January 21st, 2021 :: 11:10 a.m. PST


Leonid Solomonovich Yamburg Arrested for the Murder of his Wife and Daughter.

On January 20, 2021 at approximately 2:34 p.m., officers responded to the front lobby of Sunnyvale DPS headquarters, on a report of a male subject (Leonid Solomonovich Yamburg; DOB: 9/28/69) who told a records clerk he killed his wife.  Yamburg was immediately detained by officers.  

Officers responded to the 900 block of West Homestead Road, entered Yamburg’s residence and located Yamburg’s wife, Svetlana Nikitinaand Yamburg’s eleven-year-old daughter. Sadly, both Svetlana and the eleven-year-old daughter were deceased.

Yamburg was arrested for the murder of Svetlana and his eleven-year-old daughter.  

The specific cause of death is currently under investigation by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner.  

This is a horrific tragedy and our hearts are broken for the victims, the victim’s families and the victim’s friends.  

We would like to thank the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in processing the crime scene, along with the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner.  

Updates on this investigation will be shared on our social media platforms.

Anyone with additional information about this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Holt at 408-730-7100, extension 4565.

MEDIA CONTACT: Captain Craig Anderson 650-382-2603


Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
700 All America Way
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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