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April 23, 2013 > 'Hit' men arrested

'Hit' men arrested

Submitted By Fremont PD

On February 11, 2013, shortly after 9:00 a.m. a female victim was brutally attacked in front of her own residence by two male suspects (address on Greenhills Way in Fremont, CA). The suspects viciously attacked the victim about her face causing multiple major lacerations. The victim was later transported to a local trauma center where she received numerous stiches to both side of her cheeks, neck and ears.

The suspects fled prior to police arrival. However a citizen witness saw a male running away from the residence, quickly enter into a vehicle and drive off.

The case was actively investigated by the Fremont Police Department CAP/Robbery Unit (Case Agent Det. Magana) and the Fremont Police Department Intelligence Unit. Investigative leads lead to the identification of the suspect vehicle which belonged to one of the two suspects (Morris Kurtz; 52 years; San Jose resident). Through surveillance and other investigative steps the second suspect was identified as Donald Harbaugh (54 years old; San Jose resident). Harbaugh was found to have a prior felony conviction for 'Kidnapping for Ransom', had served 20+ years in Prison behind that case and was currently out on parole for that case.

Other evidence (including mobile communications, witness statements and other evidence) also linked suspect Ricardo Rivera (27 years old; Sunnyvale resident) to the attack as one of the 'organizers' of the attack. Further, investigators were able to determine that the victim's ex-husband (Rakesh Paul Singh; 54 years old; Milpitas resident) had communicated with the above three suspects and ordered the attack on his ex-wife in an attempt to "deface" her.

On April 3, 2013 search and arrest warrants were served at three different locations simultaneously (residences in the cities of Milpitas, San Jose and Sunnyvale). SWAT teams from San Jose and Sunnyvale as well as members of the Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force and the Fremont Police Street Crimes teams assisted in the serving of those warrants. All four suspects were arrested and evidence linking all four to the attack was located.

On April 5, 2013 all four suspects were charged with Aggravated Mayhem, Assault With Deadly Weapon, and Conspiracy. All four are currently in custody and are scheduled to be back in court in May, 2013.

Anyone with information relating to this case is encouraged to contact Det. Magana (510-790-6943).

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