Four Arrested in Brutal Attack to “Deface” Bollywood Promoter’s Ex-Wife

Rakesh Paul Singh, 54, of Milpitas, and three other men have been charged with assault and conspiracy charges in the February attack on Singh’s ex-wife.


Four men have been charged with brutally attacking a Fremont woman with a mallet in February in an alleged hit to “deface” her, police said.

Fremont police say Rakesh Paul Singh, 54, of Milpitas, ordered the hit on his ex-wife, who was attacked by two men and beaten in the face with a mallet in the driveway of her Greenhills Way home on Feb. 11.

According to the Bay Area News Group, the victim suffered permanent facial injuries.

Singh and three others — Donald Harbaugh, 54, of San Jose; Morris Kurtz, 52, of San Jose; and Ricardo Rivera, 27, of Sunnyvale — were arrested April 3 and charged with aggravated mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy, according to Fremont police.

The arrests came after Fremont police tracked down a suspect vehicle, a silver Jeep, to Kurtz. Additional surveillance led them to Harbaugh, who was on parole after serving more than 20 years in prison for kidnapping for ransom.

Investigators also linked Rivera to the crime as an organizer and determined that Singh, who BANG identified as a Bollywood concert promoter, communicated with the others in ordering the attack.

According to BANG, Singh paid Rivera $500 to hire the other men and carry out the attack because Singh’s ex-wife would not reconcile their relationship after divorcing in January 2012.

BANG reports that Singh’s ex-wife told police that Singh may be responsible, and that he had ordered similar attacks in the past, including a former business partner in Tracy.

The ex-wife also said she and Singh met at the Osgood Road Walmart the evening before the attack where she told Singh that she was dating someone else.

All four men are scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on May 7 at the Fremont Hall of Justice.

Matt Cullum April 18, 2013 at 04:07 AM
What a scumbag! And the losers he hired, these bastards deserve nothing less than a long lengthy prison sentence.
Doug Caraway May 09, 2013 at 07:52 AM
This country has no need for vermin like this. Paul Singh did the same thing to me (without the severe violence) (this was a strong-armed robery) in the parking lot of Sun Microsystems in May of 07. Without a doubt, this man should be sent back to India where he can blend in and comiit crimes there ...................
ajay November 07, 2013 at 04:28 AM
What is the status of this case is he sentenced or out how about others. Any info
ajay November 07, 2013 at 04:29 AM
Any largest info
ajay June 22, 2014 at 05:42 PM
7 to life in prison ....case closed


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