It’s been over four years since Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel brutally murdered his newlywed wife in the back of a Maryland doughnut shop. Despite the fact he’s been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for years, he remains at large.
The level of brutality that Patel used in the attack on his wife, 21-year-old Palak Patel, shocked even veteran homicide investigators.
The couple both worked at Dunkin’ Donuts in Hanover, Maryland, where the horrific crime was carried out in the back room while patrons of the restaurant were still in the shop.
Patel fatally stabbed his wife multiple times. The level of brutality shocked the local community as well as investigators.
Gordon B. Johnson, the FBI special agent at the Baltimore field office, said, “Mr. Patel brutally took her life, her ambitions and her dreams with a horrific crime of violence.”
Authorities have been searching for Patel since 2015. He was last reportedly seen at Penn Station in Newark getting on a shuttle.
After killing his wife shortly before midnight on April 12, 2015, he went home to get cash and some of his belongings. He then took a cab to New Jersey and checked into a hotel near Newark Liberty International Airport at 3 a.m. Around 10 a.m. he took a shuttle to the local train station and has not been seen since.
Authorities believe that the murder may have been over a disagreement about the couple’s visas. Their visas had expired, and his wife wanted to return to India; however, he did not.
Patel is wanted for first-degree murder, assault and other related charges in Maryland. He has also been charged in federal court with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. According to FBI Special Agent Jonathan Shaffer, he has been difficult to track due to his “everyman appearance” and common last name.
Shaffer also added that “[h]is ability to come up with a plan in the heat of the moment to escape the area” is troubling.
Patel was born in Kantrodi Ta Viramgam, Gujarat, India, on May 15, 1990, making him 29 years old today. He is an Indian male with brown hair and brown eyes. Patel stands 5’9,” weighing approximately 165 pounds. He has ties to Canada, India, New Jersey, Kentucky, Georgia, and Illinois.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest. If you believe you know where this man is, you should contact the FBI at 1-800-225-5324 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.