Two local people – a 20-year-old woman from Danville and a 25-year-old Dublin man – have been arrested after they allegedly kidnapped, robbed, and assaulted a Cupertino man answering an online ad for unspecified services or items.
The pair were identified Thursday as Katherine Stump of Danville and Alexander Nejat of Dublin. Investigators with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office said that at 2:30 a.m. on April 5 a Cupertino man in his 20s contacted a woman regarding an online ad and later met the woman and a male companion a few blocks from his home in the 20000 block of Greenleaf Drive.
Police said the man got into the couple’s car and was taken back to his home, where Stump allegedly produced a knife and threatened him while Nejat allegedly pepper-sprayed him in the face.
The couple allegedly ransacked the residence, taking cash, prescription drugs, electronics and other items valued at approximately $7,500, according to the sheriff’s office. Police said the couple then allegedly forced their victim back into their car, driving him a short distance away from his home before letting him go.
Investigators said a sketch of the suspects based on the victim’s description was sent to neighboring jurisdictions and a Pleasanton Police detective recognized the suspects from a similar case in that city for which both Nejat and Stump had been arrested.
Stump, who had been released on bail, was re-arrested in the Cupertino case and booked into Santa Clara County Jail. Nejat remains in custody at the Alameda County Jail.
The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Office said they believe more people may have been victimized and they urged anyone with information to contact them or their local police department.