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Katrina Fitz

SAN JOSE -- As an alleged prostitute charged with murdering a Monte Sereno millionaire appeared in court Thursday, police documents used to implicate her reveal a trove of new details illustrating how the victim's hedonistic lifestyle put him in the cross hairs of a web of call girls and gangs who allegedly schemed to rob and ultimately kill him.

Katrina Marie Fritz, 33, of Pittsburg, faces charges of murder in the commission of a robbery and a separate count of committing a home-invasion robbery in the Nov. 30 killing of Raveesh Kumra. Prosecutors have tacked on a gang enhancement to each of the counts in part because her brother is a purported member of one of two Oakland street gangs linked to the deadly heist.

Fritz briefly appeared in court with attorney Ken Mandel, who was hired by the Independent Defense Counsel's Office. She didn't actually walk into the courtroom but stayed in a prisoner hallway, presumably to avoid a TV camera. A handful of people showed up on her behalf in the court gallery but did not comment.

"She's anxious to get out, to look after her 7-year-old child," Mandel said, adding that Fritz also has a developmentally disabled brother in her care. "She's anxious to get out and care for them."

According to a police statement of facts submitted to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, Fritz was one of Kumra's "main girls" among a string of prostitutes he spent time with, "meeting and partying" with the victim for several years at his home and a nearby hotel, according to the police document. Police obtained records alleging he gave her as much as $30,000 to help her buy a home.


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The police document stated Kumra met Fritz through a prostitution website and that the website's phone number was found in the contact list on his phone.

Kumra's comfort with Fritz was such that he let her and some of the other "main girls" stay at his home for weekends at a time and that they had free roam of the mansion, including the room of Kumra's wife, Harinder, who was injured in the home invasion. In one instance, according to another prostitute's account to police, Fritz brought her children to stay at the Kumra home.

That familiarity with the home is one of the pillars of the murder charge against Fritz: The side door she typically used to enter Raveesh Kumra's bedroom was the same one used by the intruders believed to have killed him, police say.

"Given the amount of time that Fritz had spent with Raveesh Kumra and having frequented his residence, Fritz would have been familiar with the layout of Raveesh Kumra's property, which door would be unlocked and normally used for entry, directions to his property, and details regarding the design of the house, including hidden closets and entrance points to property," the police document asserts.

Fritz, who was arrested Feb. 19 in Antioch, is the fourth person facing murder charges in the killing, joining her brother DeAngelo Austin, 21, and Javier R. Garcia, 21, both of Oakland, and Lukis D. Anderson, 26, of San Jose. Garcia and Austin were also charged with gang enhancements. At one point, Fritz was her brother's appointed guardian.

Raven Dixon, 22, another alleged prostitute, is charged with being an accessory to the killing. Her arrest on an unrelated prostitution charge and subsequent implication in Kumra's death was followed by the four murder arrests. Police say Fritz may have introduced Dixon to Kumra, and that they comprised two of Kumra's three "main girls."

Investigators have tied Garcia to an Oakland street gang dubbed Ghost Town and linked Austin to an affiliated street gang called Money Team. Police say the gangs teamed up to commit home invasions targeting "Asian and East Indian" families. DNA evidence linked Anderson to the killing; Garcia's DNA was also found at the home, according to authorities.

Prosecutors say cellphone records show Fritz and her brother were in contact during the home invasion that ended with Kumra's death and the beating of Harinder. Police say Austin was seen driving a number of Fritz's vehicles -- both owned and rented -- in the month following the killing.

The day after Kumra's death, police say, they recovered a text message between Austin and an associate stating that the crew's "house hitting" days were over, likely because of the police attention garnered by their latest robbery.

Detectives suggested in their reports to prosecutors that they are looking for other suspects.

A look at Fritz's court history shows she testified in a case involving the 2006 murder of a drug dealer in Antioch, where as a rental-car employee in Oakland she rented out a minivan used in the killing. She was ordered to testify after initially withholding information in the case, which she said was out of concern for her safety from the defendants, who had already killed a witness in an attempt to cover up the initial slaying.

Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.