In body armor, Raghunandan "Raghu" Yandamuri, is taken into District Court in Bridgeport October 26, 2102. A family friend, he is charged with murder, kidnapping and other charges in the killing of an infant and her grandmother. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )
In body armor, Raghunandan "Raghu" Yandamuri, is taken into District Court in Bridgeport October 26, 2102.
Charged with the two homicides was Raghunandan "Raghu" Yandamuri, 26, also a resident of the Marquis Apartments.
Dressed in leg irons and a bulletproof vest, he
was arraigned and held without bail pending a preliminary hearing Nov. 2.
A crowd of about 100 - including some children - jeered obscenities at him as he
was led from the courthouse.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said Yandamuri killed Satayrathi Venna while the woman tried to defend the baby.
was on that list.
On Thursday, he
was interviewed by Upper Merion police detectives.
Police say he
told them that he
had no idea who killed the grandmother or stole the baby.
In fact, he
had created a missing-child poster with two photographs of Saanvi and made about 200 copies, which he
delivered to the family for distribution.
also attended the Wednesday night candlelight vigil to support the family.
Later in the interview, according to the arrest papers, he
role in both deaths.
Police say he
told them he
targeted the Vennas because both husband and wife worked and he
believed they had money.
, who married in April, apparently was desperate for money.
On the Friday before the killing, Yandamuri
spoke by telephone with his
friend of eight years, Chendu Tummala, with whom he
had attended undergraduate school in India.
Before moving to King of Prussia in September, Yandamuri
had shared an apartment in San Jose with Rashivar Karnati, 25, a graduate student at San Jose State University
They were introduced by Tummala.
When they were roommates, said Karnati, he was a student and Yandamuri worked as a software specialist for Ebay.
According to Karnati, Yandamuri came to the United States in 2007 to attend Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, but the registrar's office said Friday it had no record of his attendance.
Karnati said he
only caught up with the news about the missing baby Friday morning via the Internet.
A few hours later, he
learned that his
old roommate had been arrested.
was always close to us and friendly," said Karnati.
The news is "shocking . . . because he
was not that kind of guy."
A starkly different view emerges from Yandamuri's
alleged confession to police.
In it, he
is quoted as saying he
was carrying a kitchen knife with a four-inch blade when he
showed up at the Vennas' apartment about 11 a.m. Monday.
According to the document:
When the grandmother opened the door to the apartment, he
with the knife, forcing her
to retreat into the kitchen.
saw the baby sitting on the couch and picked her
During a struggle with the grandmother, Yandamuri
dropped the child and ultimately cut the woman's throat.