Pleasanton police nab suspects in South Bay robbery, kidnapping

Authorities allege Tri-Valley pair set up man in Cupertino through online ad

Police in Pleasanton helped identify two suspects accused of the robbery and kidnapping of a man who met the pair in Cupertino through an online advertisement earlier this month, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Pleasanton police arrested Kathleen Stump, 20, of Danville, after a detective recognized her and her alleged accomplice from a composite sketch based on the victim's description of the pair, deputies said.

Deputies on Thursday were preparing a warrant for the arrest of the alleged accomplice, Alexander Nejat, 25, of Dublin, who is suspected of committing the robbery and kidnapping of the victim in Cupertino, sheriff's Sgt. James Jensen said.

On April 10, deputies responded to the 20000 block of Greenleaf Drive in Cupertino on a report by a man in his 20s who said that on April 5 he contacted a woman from an online advertisement, sheriff's officials said.

The victim met the woman and man at 2:30 a.m. that day about two blocks from the victim's residence, got in their vehicle and drove with them to his home, according to deputies.

When they entered the victim's residence, Stump allegedly threatened the man with a knife and Nejat then allegedly sprayed pepper spray in his face, deputies said.

The pair allegedly proceeded to rob the man of various electronics, prescription medications, cash and other possessions totaling $7,500, then forced him into their vehicle and drove him about three-quarters of a mile away, where they released him, according to the office.

On April 15, the victim provided deputies with descriptions of the two for sketches and five days later, a detective in Pleasanton realized the drawings resembled two people arrested in a similar case in Pleasanton, deputies said.

Stump, who had been released on bail in the Pleasanton case, was arrested by deputies in the Cupertino incident and was booked into Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose, deputies said.

Nejat is in custody at the Alameda County Jail following his arrest in the Pleasanton case, deputies said.

Jensen said deputies are still deciding on when Nejat will be arrested in the Cupertino case and transferred from the jail in Alameda County to the Santa Clara County Jail.

Stump was arrested on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping and making criminal threats, and Nejat is expected to be arrested for similar offenses, Jensen said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by Sue Randleman
a resident of Mission Park
on Apr 25, 2015 at 10:41 pm

My only questions about this case where was his common sense? Meeting at his home? At 2:30am? Or was that a typo? Why was he alone? Common sense dictates ypu meet in a public place during a reasonable hour letting someone know you are meeting strangers for some type of sale/transfer of property. If you don't check in by a certain time police get called with all pertinent info. But never go alone or invite them to your home!!

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Posted by mr douglass
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 26, 2015 at 8:36 pm

Regarding the comment posted by Sue, I really doubt they were meeting at 230am for the sale or transfer of property. This very likely involved an illegal act or activity of some sort. I do agree, the victim was extremely careless and is likely lucky he was not hospitalized or even killed.

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Posted by Ed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Yep, not many decent folks out and about at 2:30 AM, and the ones that are out are probably up to no good.
I'm trying to imagine what the victim told his mother when she asked what he was doing meeting strangers at that hour?

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