FBI reminds public of the $100,000 reward on an Indian-origin killer


The US` Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced a $100,000 reward for the information (leading to capture) of an Indian-origin man who is listed on the FBI’s “10 Most Wanted” since 2017.

Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, a Gujarati from Kantrodi Ta Viramgam, has been listed by the agency as one of the “10 Most Wanted” since 2017.

Patel has been charged with the murder of his wife with a knife inside a Dunkin Donuts coffee shop in Hanover, Maryland state, and is on the run since 2015.

On Friday, the FBI tweeted information about him and the reward to draw attention to the case. And anyone with the information to contact the agency or the nearest US consulate or embassy.

Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel is wanted for allegedly killing his wife while they were working at a doughnut shop in Maryland in 2015. The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to Patel’s arrest. #FugitiveFriday https://t.co/5gnFGbdoTG pic.twitter.com/sNh0ZYfCpR

— FBI (@FBI) November 27, 2020

Patel, who was 24 at that time, allegedly hit his 21-year-old wife in the face with a kitchen knife and stabbed her several times in the backroom of the shop where they both worked while customers were still there, according to officials.

He was last known to have taken a taxi from a hotel in New Jersey to a train station in Newark in the state.

Tim Altomare, who was the police chief of Anne Arundel County at that time, told the radio: “The violence, in this case, was stark. It was heart-wrenching and it was a shock to our collective conscience on the police department.”

According to Altomare, investigators believe that someone was knowingly helping Patel or was interacting with him without knowing about his alleged crime, and was still in the US when he was put on the FBI list.

The radio reported that according to Gordon Johnson, who was the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore field office in 2017, Patel was put on the list because of the brutality of the crime and the likelihood that someone outside the US knew where he was.

The FBI’s notice says that the accused “should be considered armed and extremely dangerous”.