A Dunkin Donuts killing happened late Sunday night in a store located in Hanover, Maryland. Patrons called police complaining that no one was inside the store to help them behind the counter. When authorities arrived, they saw no one was around and investigated the scene further. When they went into the kitchen, they found a woman lying on the floor with severe injuries. CBS 13 WJZ reports that Palak Bhadreskumar Patel, 21, of Hanover, was pronounced dead at the scene; her husband is being charged with her death.
Anne Arundel County Police were called to 7657 Arundel Mills Boulevard about 10:51 p.m. when they were told no one was inside the Dunkin Donuts store. After the woman was pronounce dead, the homicide unit arrived and investigators spoke with witnesses. The incident involved two Dunkin Donuts’ employees. Palak’s husband, Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, 24, is a suspect in his wife’s murder.
The exact injuries Palak suffered weren’t revealed, but the police statement indicates that she was struck with an object several times.
“The investigation revealed Mr. Patel struck his wife multiple times with an object causing her death before fleeing the business,” police said in a statement.
Police searched the area for the Dunkin Donuts murder suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest. Patel is being charged with first degree murder, second degree murder, first degree assault, second degree assault, and dangerous weapon with intent to injure.
If anyone knows anything about Patel’s whereabouts, they are asked to contact the Anne Arundel County Police Department by calling Homicide Detective Kelly Harding at 410-222-4743. For those who want to remain anonymous, call the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line at 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers.
Dunkin Donuts has been the scene of other violent crimes. James Herard, 25, was sentenced to death in January after being convicted of a string of 2008 robberies and murders in Dunkin Donuts stores in South Florida. NBC Miami News reports that Herard was a gang leader who ran a body count competition. He ordered another man — Tharod Bell — to shoot and kill a victim — Eric Jean Pierre. He told Bell it was a “rite of passage.”
Herard had already been given nine life sentences by a Palm Beach County judge that had to do with violent robberies from when the convicted killer was just 19-years-old.
The latest Dunkin Donuts killing in Maryland is a developing story. The man who allegedly killed his wife in Dunkin Donuts is still on the loose, and police need the public’s help in finding him.
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