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Hanover homicide suspect may have fled the country

Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, 24, is wanted for his wife's murder in a Hanover Dunkin Donuts.
Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, 24, is wanted for his wife's murder in a Hanover Dunkin Donuts. (AACo Police Photo / HANDOUT)

A man accused of killing his wife in a Hanover Dunkin Donuts last week may have fled the country, according to an affidavit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

The document also sheds more light on the killing of 21-year-old Palak Patel the night of April 12. Patel's husband, Bhadreshkumar Patel, 24, has been charged with her murder.

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A special agent with the FBI testified in the affidavit that the Patels were working together at the Dunkin Donuts on Arundel Mills Boulevard when Bhadreshkumar struck his wife across the face with a "large kitchen style knife," causing massive trauma which led to her death.

County police previously declined to release information about the murder weapon.

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A customer alerted police to a possible problem at the business at about 10:50 p.m. when no employees were visible behind the counter. An officer found Palak dead in the kitchen a short time later and discovered her husband was missing.

On April 13, county police discovered Bhadreshkumar had retrieved his passport, issued in India, from his home a few blocks from the Dunkin Donuts, according to the affidavit. It is unclear how long he had been in the U.S.

On April 16, a witness who positively identified Bhadreshkumar from a photograph told investigators she drove Bhadreshkumar in a taxi from a location near the Dunkin Donuts to a Best Western hotel in Newark, New Jersey, just outside of Newark International Airport.

While it is unclear if Bhadreshkumar boarded a flight, the Anne Arundel State's Attorney's Office and county police requested FBI assistance to locate and apprehend him.

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State's Attorney Wes Adams approved extradition of Bhadreshkumar from whereever he is located, according to the affidavit.

The complaint filed in federal court accuses Bhadreshkumar of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He also faces first- and second-degree murder charges in Anne Arundel County, along with first- and second-degree assault.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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