Police Offer Reward In Maryland Dunkin Donuts Homicide

A man accused of killing his wife in a Hanover, Maryland Dunkin Donuts is still at large, and the police are asking for your help.

A press conference will be held on Wednesday, April 22 at 1 p.m. by the FBI and the county police announcing “a reward and additional information related to what they believe was a domestic homicide,” according to CBS Local.

The main suspect in the murder is Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, a 24-year-old man who worked at the Hanover Dunkin Donuts with his wife, Palak Bhadreskumar Patel.

The male Dunkin Donuts employee is said to have killed his wife after he “hit her across the face with a large knife,” said the Washington Post.

In an official affidavit by FBI official, Jonathon D. Shaffer, he “struck her with a large kitchen-style knife across the face, causing massive trauma which led to her death.”

Police were first alerted on April 12 when a call came in saying that there were no employees in the Hanover Dunkin Donuts although the door was unlocked.

The 21-year-old woman was found ” lying in the kitchen of the shop suffering from severe injuries” and “was pronounced dead at the scene.” The call had some in at 10:50 p.m., thereby causing officials to believe that she died shortly before then.

Since the homicide, authorities have been unable to find the Dunkin Donuts employee saying that “the day after the killing that Patel’s husband got his India-issued passport from his house.”

What’s more troubling is that a witness came forward to say that she came into contact with the Dunkin Donuts employee on April 16, saying “she drove him in a taxi from a spot near the doughnut shop to a Best Western hotel in Newark, NJ… just outside Newark International Airport.”

A warrant was issued for the Dunkin Donuts employee for “first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and a weapons charge,” with authorities believing that the crime was not at all random but “domestic related,” according to WBAL TV.

While the specifics of the reward and other details of the Dunkin Donuts homicide will be released midday on Wednesday, the Anne Arundel County police are asking that anyone with any information to contact Detective Harding at 410-222-4743, or through their tip line at 410-222-4700.

[Photo Courtesy of WBAL TV]