Who is Bhadresh Patel? FBI's Most Wanted with $250K Reward

Written on 04/15/2024
Asia91 Team

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a substantial reward for any information leading to the arrest of Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, a fugitive on its 10 Most Wanted list, linked to the 2015 murder of his wife in Maryland.


The FBI has intensified its efforts to locate Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel by offering up to $250,000 for information that could lead to his arrest. Patel, who has evaded law enforcement since 2015, is accused of a brutal crime that has left the community and authorities persistently seeking justice.


What Happened:


  • Date of Incident: April 12, 2015
  • Location: Dunkin’ Donuts, Hanover, Maryland
  • Event: Bhadreshkumar Patel allegedly murdered his wife, Palak Patel, using a kitchen knife in the shop's backroom. The attack occurred late at night while the couple was working a shift together.


Who is Bhadreshkumar Patel?


  • Background: Born on May 15, 1990, in Viramgam, Gujarat, India.
  • Age at the time of the incident: 24 years old
  • Relationship: Married to the victim, Palak Patel, who was 21 years old at the time of her death.
  • Last Seen: April 13, 2015, at Newark Penn Station, New Jersey.


Details of the FBI's Wanted List:


  • Listing: Added to the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list on April 18, 2017.
  • Charges: First-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and possession of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure.
  • Reason for Fugitive Status: Fled to avoid prosecution; considered an international flight risk.


Key Details:


  • Visa Status: Both Bhadreshkumar and Palak were in the U.S. on a visitor visa that had expired a month prior to the murder, making them illegal immigrants at the time.
  • Possible Motive: Investigators theorize that an argument about returning to India triggered the incident. Palak wanted to return after their visas expired, but Bhadreshkumar wanted to stay in the U.S., leading to the fatal conflict.
  • Discovery of Crime: A customer noticed the absence of service and alerted a nearby police officer, who then discovered Palak's body.
  • Investigation Insights: The murder is considered a case of domestic violence homicide, noted for its brutality. Surveillance footage played a crucial role in identifying Bhadreshkumar as the suspect.


Ongoing Investigation and Reward:


  • Escape: After the murder, Patel was reported to have taken a cab to a hotel, then traveled to Newark Penn Station, where he disappeared.
  • Reward: The increased reward of $250,000 is part of a strategic effort to generate leads, with authorities exploring possibilities that Patel might be hiding with relatives in the U.S., or might have fled to Canada or back to India.
  • Call to Action: The FBI urges anyone with information to come forward, emphasizing the importance of community cooperation in capturing fugitives.




This case highlights the challenges law enforcement faces in dealing with international fugitives and the critical role the public plays in aiding the pursuit of justice. The FBI remains committed to capturing Patel and providing closure to this tragic case.






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