MONTE SERENO -- A millionaire tech investor killed during a November home invasion of his Monte Sereno mansion was set up by an escort who tipped off two reputed Oakland gang members charged with his murder, according to law enforcement sources.
DeAngelo J. Austin, 21, and Javier R. Garcia, 21, both of Oakland, have been charged along with 26-year-old Lukis D. Anderson with the slaying of 66-year-old Ravi Kumra on Nov. 30. Raven Dixon, 22, has been charged as an accessory to the killing along with gang enhancement.
Sources say Austin, with the alias "Sunny D," is a member of the Money Team gang out of East Oakland, which recently formed an alliance with the West Oakland-based Ghost Town gang of which Garcia is a member. The two gangs formed robbery crews linked to heists in Oakland and Fremont that targeted homes they determined contained large amounts of cash and jewelry.
Dixon was arrested in Mountain View in December, initially on prostitution and drug offenses, before she was hit with the accessory charge. Investigators say they believe she had a connection with at least one of the Oakland gangs and gave Austin and Garcia information about the Kumra home and its contents. Attorneys for Dixon could not be reached for comment Thursday.
The law enforcement sources spoke to this newspaper on condition of anonymity because police reports and other documents related to the case have been sealed at the request of Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police, who have been tight-lipped about the town's first homicide in 30 years.
Authorities say Austin served prison time in San Quentin for a burglary conviction and was recently arrested for a weapons offense in Pittsburg.
Court records show Garcia was caught in an Oakland police gang raid in October 2010 and was eventually convicted of a drug charge. That arrest came shortly after Garcia was released from jail for a weapons conviction. An associate rounded up with Garcia during the 2010 raid, 20-year-old Eddiebo Rodriguez, was killed Jan. 11 by a rival gang member, police said.
Dixon's precise association with Austin or Garcia was not immediately clear. Also unclear is their connection to Anderson, a San Jose-area transient with an extensive criminal history in Santa Clara County that includes burglary and assault. He served a year in jail after reportedly trying to climb through the window of a home and then drunkenly threatening to kill the female homeowner.
Austin, Garcia and Anderson made off with a coin collection, jewelry and cash after killing Kumra, prosecutors said. The homicide and theft came to light about 1:30 a.m. the morning of Nov. 30 after Kumra's ex-wife, Harinder, who lived in another part of the home, called police to report that she had been beaten up by intruders. Officers soon discovered Kumra's body.
Staff writer Paul T. Rosynsky contributed to this story. Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.