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Ravi Kumra

SAN JOSE -- The night Raveesh Kumra was killed inside his Monte Sereno mansion, three intruders bound, blindfolded and gagged him with packaging tape. They turned to his wife next, waking her up, hitting her in the mouth with a cold, hard object and dragging her into the kitchen beside her husband.

"Be quiet if you want to live," one of them told her before tying her up, too, and ransacking the house.

Police documents unsealed Friday for the first time since the Nov. 30 slaying provided those horrifying details of the crime that ended with 66-year-old venture capitalist dead on his kitchen floor of asphyxiation and his wife in the hospital with a gash on her lip. Three men have been charged with murder and one woman as an accessory -- and the prosecutor believes more arrests are yet to come.

The "statement of facts" also outlines the investigative trail that started at the 7,000-square-foot mansion behind the gold-tipped wrought iron fences and security gates on Withey Road and ended on the streets of Oakland with violent gang members and prostitutes. It includes cellphone photos, latex gloves, nail scrapings and DNA.

Kumra was a victim that night. But the documents show his penchant for prostitutes led to his demise.

It was no secret to his family, friends and employees that Kumra -- who once owned Saratoga's Mountain Winery concert venue -- frequently hired hookers. One of Kumra's assistants would bring them either to Kumra's mansion when his wife wasn't home, to friends' houses or to Los Gatos hotels, the report said. One of the alleged prostitutes is accused of setting him up -- Raven Dixon, 22, whose family has said she was involved with Kumra since she was a minor.

Kumra's family made no public statements on the ordeal until Friday, when they issued a statement through a New York publicist expressing concern that the media had exaggerated his wealth.

"In the wake of Mr. Ravi Kumra's tragic death, individuals and creditors have come forward seeking financial compensation," the news release begins, then concludes with this: "The reality is that the estate has more debts than assets and has a negative value at this time."

According to an investigation by this newspaper, Kumra was the subject of numerous lawsuits, including those by former business associates who claimed that Kumra filed for a "sham divorce" to put his valuable assets in his wife's name to avoid creditors. One former associate said in court documents that Kumra lived in a "fantasy world of prostitutes and illegitimate children."

Court records also show that the divorce between the Kumras was finalized in 2010, although Harinder Kumra continued to live at the estate with her ex-husband.

The Kumra statement made no comment on those allegations or Friday's revelations.

The unsealed police documents alleged that Dixon's cellphone was loaded with photos of Kumra's three-acre estate, including pictures of the gates, fences and access points, said Kevin Smith, deputy district attorney. Over the past six months, she had been trying to hook up with Kumra, calling him about once a month, the report said.

Kumra's Google Voice account revealed that on Nov. 14 -- two weeks before his death -- Dixon called him again "saying she wanted to party with the victim," the report says. "He declined."

When interviewed by police, Dixon denied that the cellphone was hers or that she knew Kumra. Her family says she is innocent.

But Smith tells another story.

"Raven Dixon is tied to this case through her actions before it, her action in lying to the police and her connection to well-known gangs who joined forces to commit the robbery and murder of Ravi Kumra," the prosecutor said Friday.

Harinder Kumra frantically called police to the home at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 30 -- a night so stormy that trees toppled in the neighborhood. Men had broken into the house, she said, and bound her and her husband. She believed he was dead. When police arrived, they found the house ransacked. Cash, jewelry and coins were stolen. Ravi Kumra was pronounced dead at the home.

Local law enforcement agencies swarmed the area as neighbors driving by in Porsches and Ferraris stopped to ask whether they should worry.

More than two weeks passed before police arrested Dixon in Mountain View for prostitution and furnishing drugs to an undercover officer who responded to an advertisement on her website. Police soon found the photos on her cellphone and her ties to two Oakland street gangs with a history of robbing the homes of Asians and East Indians. Dixon's pimp and boyfriend is a member of one of the gangs, police say, though he has not been charged in the case.

The DNA of one San Jose man and two other Oakland men with ties to those gangs -- Javier Garcia and Deangelo Austin -- were discovered at the home, the reports say. The DNA of Lukis Anderson, of San Jose, who is charged with murder in the case, was found under Kumra's fingernails, the report alleges. DNA from Garcia and Austin were discovered on latex gloves discarded in the Kumras' kitchen sink, the report says.

Dixon's two friends who also are accused of being prostitutes for Kumra have brothers in the Oakland gangs.

Smith said more arrests are likely. "I am confident that the Los Gatos Police Department and a large number of surrounding police agencies who are working this case will arrest and bring to justice everyone involved in this murder."

Contact Julia Prodis Sulek at 408-278-3409.