Police in Pleasanton helped identify two suspects accused of the robbery and kidnapping of a man who met the pair in Cupertino through an online advertisement earlier this month, according to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.
Pleasanton police arrested Kathleen Stump, 20, of Danville, after a detective recognized her and her alleged accomplice from a composite sketch based on the victim's description of the pair, deputies said.
Deputies on Thursday were preparing a warrant for the arrest of the alleged accomplice, Alexander Nejat, 25, of Dublin, who is suspected of committing the robbery and kidnapping of the victim in Cupertino, sheriff's Sgt. James Jensen said.
On April 10, deputies responded to the 20000 block of Greenleaf Drive in Cupertino on a report by a man in his 20s who said that on April 5 he contacted a woman from an online advertisement, sheriff's officials said.
The victim met the woman and man at 2:30 a.m. that day about two blocks from the victim's residence, got in their vehicle and drove with them to his home, according to deputies.
When they entered the victim's residence, Stump allegedly threatened the man with a knife and Nejat then allegedly sprayed pepper spray in his face, deputies said.
The pair allegedly proceeded to rob the man of various electronics, prescription medications, cash and other possessions totaling $7,500, then forced him into their vehicle and drove him about three-quarters of a mile away, where they released him, according to the office.
On April 15, the victim provided deputies with descriptions of the two for sketches and five days later, a detective in Pleasanton realized the drawings resembled two people arrested in a similar case in Pleasanton, deputies said.
Stump, who had been released on bail in the Pleasanton case, was arrested by deputies in the Cupertino incident and was booked into Santa Clara County Jail in San Jose, deputies said.
Nejat is in custody at the Alameda County Jail following his arrest in the Pleasanton case, deputies said.
Jensen said deputies are still deciding on when Nejat will be arrested in the Cupertino case and transferred from the jail in Alameda County to the Santa Clara County Jail.
Stump was arrested on suspicion of robbery, kidnapping and making criminal threats, and Nejat is expected to be arrested for similar offenses, Jensen said.