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Alleged Prostitute a "Main Girl" of Monte Sereno Homicide Victim

Katrina Fritz had been impregnanted by the homicide victim, investigators believe



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    Katrina Fritz was charged with murder and robbery in connection with Ravi Kumra's death on Nov. 30.

    The 33-year-old woman accused of murdering Monte Sereno multimillionaire Ravi Kumra was a prostitute and one of his "main girls,"  according to court documents.

    Katrina Fritz, aka, "Trina," was angry with Kumra - the man she once had a relationship with and is now accused of helping to murder on Nov. 30.

    That's because Fritz said Kumra had given her a sexually transmitted disease and because he had told her he was "running out of money and would not be able to pay for any child they might have together," according to the statement of facts filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

    Files on Kumra's computer show that he had been paying Fritz about $3,000 a month - and possibly up to $30,000 - to help her buy a home, the documents allege.

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    She had been impregnated, the documents state, but had not kept the baby. The documents do not state who the father was. But investigators told NBC Bay Area they believe that Kumra was the father. The date of the pregnancy was not made public in the court documents. Prosecutors have previously alleged that Kumra had been the victim of a violent homicide,  but he had also kept the company of many prostitutes whom he used to party with. His family on Friday did not immediately return an email message seeking comment.

    His estranged wife, Harinder "Rani" Kumra, was tied up in the home invasion and attack, but she escaped. Documents indicate Ravi Kumra died while being suffocated from duct tape.

    Fritz, who lives in Pittsburg and also worked renting cars at a Hertz in Oakland, was charged Feb. 19 with  murder and robbery in connection with Kumra's high-profile death on Nov. 30.

    Her court-appointed attorney, Ken Mandel told NBC Bay Area on Friday that he didn't have much to say because he hasn't seen all the discovery yet. He did say his client was "anxious to get out," because she is the caretaker of her mentally disabled brother and a 7-year-old child.

    Fritz is the fifth person to be charged in the case. She is the sister of  DeAngelo Austin, 21, also charged with Kumra's murder. The other defendants are: Javier Garcia, 21, and Lucas Anderson, 26. Authorities allege that some of these men are involved in Oakland gangs who have been connected to home invasions of East Indian and Asian households.

    Raven Dixon, a friend of Fritz's, has been arrested on charges of being a prostitute and being in possession of drugs. She was also charged with a gang enhancement, and then later, as an accessory linked to Kumra's  homicide. Prosecutors allege that Dixon helped three men figure out the layout of Kumra's mansion, as she had images of his home on her cell phone, documents state. She has declined any interviews.

    The documents also lay out other alleged connections between Fritz and the homicde:

    • Fritz's phone number and emails were found on Kumra's computers. Two witnesses called her one of Kumra's "main girls." As one of these "girls," Fritz would often sleep over in the room next to his estranged wife's and sometimes brought her own children there.
    • A text between Fritz and her brother on the day after Kumra was killed indicated that her "house hitting days is over, all you could do is Rob her..."
    • On the night of the homicide and the days right after, Fritz and her brother made an "unusually high number" of calls to each other, and cell phone tower records show her brother was in the area of Monte Sereno.

    All the defendants are ordered to return to court on March 19.


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