Suspects wanted in robbery/kidnapping found after being arrested in another county
SANTA CLARA COUNTY – Two suspects have been charged in the kidnapping of a young man.
20-year-old Katherine Stump from Danville, and 25-year-old Alexander Nejat from Dublin were arrested on charges they kidnapped a young man and threatened his life in the process. The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office made the arrest on Monday, April 20. According to Deputy Sheriff Sgt. James Jensen “We believe there are other victims in the 680/880 corridor.”
According to Santa Clara Sheriff’s Deputies, on Sunday, April 5, a young male victim in his early 20’s was contacted by Stump through an online advertisement, in which she offered to meet the young man. After meeting the two suspects just a few blocks from his home, he invited them to his house.
That is when things started to change. Once inside the home, Stump began to threaten the male victim with a knife, while Nejat sprayed him with pepper spray in the face.
It was then that Stump and Nejat began to look for valuable items to steal from the victim. While they held him captive, they took $7,500 worth of electronics, prescription medicine and cash. It was later learned that Stump and Nejat then forced the male victim into their car and drove him to an area about three quarters of a mile from his home and then let him go.
Because the victim was embarrassed to contact law enforcement, he had waited almost a week to report the theft and kidnapping to authorities.
Meanwhile, both suspects were taken into custody elsewhere. Nejat and Stump were arrested for robbery on April 16 by Pleasanton Police at the Stoneridge Mall. Nejat was also charged with assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, petty theft of a dog, receiving or concealing stolen property, and vandalism with $5,000 or more in damages.
After Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives released a sketch of the suspects from the kidnapping victim’s description, a call came in from Pleasanton Police, who identified them as possibly the same two who had committed similar crimes there. Katherine Stump was out on bail and rearrested, while Nejat was charged while still in custody in Alameda County. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has made a request that Nejat be brought to Santa Clara County from Alameda to face charges of kidnapping and robbery, along with Stump.