FBI adds Maryland fugitive to its '10 Most Wanted' list
BALTIMORE (WBFF) – Maryland now claims two spots on the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List.
Bhadreshkumar Patel, the new addition announced Tuesday, is wanted for the murder of his wife in Hanover. She was killed two years ago at a donut store on Arundel Mills Boulevard where the couple worked the night shift.
According to investigators, Bhadreshkumar stabbed his wife Palak multiple times in a back room just before midnight on April 12, 2015 and fled across the street to their apartment, where he grabbed some items and cash and hailed a taxi.
Investigators say he was last seen checking out of a hotel near Newark Liberty International Airport and taking a hotel shuttle to Newark Penn Station.
“Investigators theorize that Palak Patel wanted to return to India—their visas had expired the month before—and her husband was against the idea. Investigators also believe that Patel could be with distant relatives in the U.S. or that he could have fled to Canada to return to India. Patel has ties to New Jersey, Kentucky, Georgia, Illinois, and India.” -FBI
“Palak Patel was murdered in a depraved act of domestic violence,” said Tim Altomare, Chief of the Anne Arundel County Police Department. “Numerous and overwhelming efforts have been made in attempts to locate Bhadreshkumar and none of the efforts to date have been met with success. The Anne Arundel County Police Department is extremely grateful for the close working relationship our department has with the Baltimore FBI field office. In cooperation with the FBI the Anne Arundel County Police believe we will certainly locate Bhadreshkumar and provide justice for Palak that her family desperately seeks in order to find closure.”
An arrest warrant issued in Anne Arundel County on April 13, 2015 charges Bhadreshkumar with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and using a dangerous weapon with intent to injure. A federal arrest warrant was issued on April 20, 2015, after he was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Bhadreshkumar, who is considered armed and extremely dangerous. Anyone with information should immediately call 1-800-Call-FBI or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.
The second Maryland fugitive on the list, William Bradford Bishop, Jr., is wanted for allegedly murdering his mother, wife and three sons (ages 5, 10 and 14) in Bethesda on March 1, 1976. Bishop was 39 at the time of the murders.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Bishop.
Though Bishop and Patel are the only two on the list wanted for crimes committed in Maryland, a third suspect on the '10 Most Wanted' list has connections to the state.
According to the FBI, Walter Yovany Gomez -- wanted for his alleged involvement in the murder of a man in Plainfield, New Jersey in May of 2011 -- was last seen in Maryland after he was driven there from New Jersey.