Four men have been arrested and charged in connection with a brutal attack on one suspect’s ex-wife in front of her Fremont home earlier this year. Milpitas resident Rakesh Paul Singh, 54, allegedly hired three men to plan and carry out an attack on his 37-year-old ex-wife. The attack was allegedly carried out by Morris Kurtz, 52, and 54-year-old Donald Harbaugh, both of San Jose, on Feb. 11, police said.
Around 9 a.m. that day, Singh’s ex-wife was getting into her car in the 43700 block of Greenhills Way in Fremont when two men approached and attacked her from behind, according to police. One of the men struck her in the face with a large wooden mallet while the other punched her in the back of the head. The suspects fled the scene before officers could arrive.
The victim was transported to a hospital, where she received numerous stitches for major lacerations to her face, neck and ears, according to police. Police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques said the suspects did not attempt to steal the woman’s car or any of her property; their goal was to beat her. An investigation into the assault led police to a car belonging to Kurtz. Using surveillance and other resources, detectives were able to identify Harbaugh, a parolee who had served more than 20 years in prison for a kidnapping for ransom case, as the second suspect, according to police.
The investigation also revealed that a third suspect, identified as 27-year-old Ricardo Rivera of Sunnyvale, helped plan the attack. Investigators also learned that Singh had ordered the attack on his ex-wife and asked his accomplices to “deface her,” police said. With the aid of SWAT teams, police served search and arrest warrants at the suspects’ homes on April 3 and located evidence linking all four men to the February attack. All four were arrested and later charged with assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated mayhem and conspiracy. The suspects remain in custody in county jail, according to police.
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