Multi-agency effort leads to Monte Sereno murder arrests

December 31, 2012 5:50:39 PM PST
Three more people have been arrested in Santa Clara County in connection with the murder of a wealthy Monte Sereno businessman killed in his home a month ago.

A lot of agencies are working together to make this happen. The Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department is the lead agency on the high-profile case but there has been a lot of collaboration in terms of the investigation and the arrests which have taken place in multiple cities. Four people are now in custdoy in connection to the case.

People who live in the upscale neighborhood were, at first, shocked by the crime in the gated home but are now relieved by the latest developments. "They found the people. We're relieved and we're happy about it, and everyone's sleeping with both eyes closed right now," neighbor Steve Mortara said.

Investigators say at least four people were involved in the murder of 66-year-old Raveesh "Ravi" Kumra. The former owner of the Mountain Winery in Saratoga was killed on November 30. ABC7 News broke the first arrest in this case of 22-year-old Raven Dixon for accessory to murder. Police say the alleged prostitute had a relationship with Kumra.

Now, come three more arrests. On Wednesday, police arrested 26-year-old Lucas Anderson for murder. He was already in jail on an unrelated matter. The very next day, officers in Oakland took 21-year-old Javier Garcia into custody also for murder. Then on Saturday, police in Sacramento arrested 21-year-old Deangelo Austin in connection with the case.

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police say they have had help from a number of agencies operating in a task force-like mode. "The amount of expertise, the sheer of number of hours that these agencies have been able to help us in bringing this case to a successful conclusion, has been invaluable," Sgt. Kerry Harris told ABC7 News.

Police have not said how Kumra died or released many details about what they initially called a home invasion robbery. Every court appearance though, is putting some of the pieces into place. "Sometimes with special friends comes company, and therefore that coule lead to problems," Mortara said.

"The fact that there was some sort of conspiracy behind it, or a group behind it, that does add intrigue," neighbor David Arnold said.

Police say they aren't releasing many details because the investigation is still very intense. They are still not convinced they have arrested everyone who played a role in this crime. Two of the suspects are scheduled to be arraigned later this week.