Indian American Landlord Accused of Staging a Home Invasion to Force out a Family
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – An Indian American businesswoman and four others are behing bars in Mountain View Calif., for staging a home invasion in an attempt to get a family out of the apartment she had rented to them.
Real estate investor Reenu Saini, founder of San Francisco, Calif.-based Reesha Capital, was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on bail of $75,000. As of press time Aug. 28 evening, Saini had not made bail, according to her record on the Santa Clara County inmate locator. She was scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 29.
The Mountain View Police Department reported that on Aug. 26 evening, Saini, who lives in nearby Sunnyvale, took four others to the rental home on Red Rock Street in Mountain View.
Shortly after arriving at the home that evening, the family inside — a married couple and two children — refused to leave, so someone in the group shut the power off to the residence.
Then, one of the people allegedly involved in the scheme, 53-year-old San Jose resident Steven Carling, tried to use a knife to break open the door, nearly coming into contact with one of the people inside, who was attempting to hold the door closed, according to police.
Police arrived at the scene to find the five suspects still there on the front lawn of the property. The victims had escaped through a back door and were later located by police. They have now returned to the residence, according to local news reports.
Saini was arrested for attempted robbery, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, conspiracy to commit a crime, and unlawfully shutting off power to a home. Carling was arrested for attempted robbery, burglary of an inhabited dwelling, assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Three other individuals who were also a part of the scheme, 49-year-old San Jose resident Lori Walston, 49-year-old San Jose resident Brian Ross, and 52-year-old San Jose resident Debra McNeil, were arrested for attempted robbery, burglary of an inhabited dwelling and conspiracy to commit a crime
The businesswoman has been a residential and commercial real estate investor for the past 15 years, according to her LinkedIn profile. Prior to that, she served as a senior technical manager for medical device companies.