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Suspect Arrested In Homicide/Robbery at Del's Go Shop Food Store
Polk County Sheriff's Office Homicide
Detectives arrested a suspect this afternoon and charged him with the
homicide/armed robbery of the owner of Del's Go Shop Food Store on Monday
(Aug. 12, 2002).
Albert Blake, DOB 9/2/79, last known address of 322 Quincy Street in
Lakeland, was arrested this afternoon and charged with First Degree
Homicide, Attempted Armed Robbery and Grand Theft Auto. Detectives
received information that Blake was possibly at an apartment complex
located on Sixth Street in the Winter Haven area. Numerous units
responded to the area, and the suspect eventually surrendered without
incident. Blake will be booked into the Polk County Jail.
The homicide/robbery occurred at around 6 a.m. on Mar. 22, 2002, at Del's
Go Shop, located at 14 Coleman Road in Winter Haven. The owner,
37-year-old Maheshkumar Patel, AKA "Mike," of 126 Kings Pond Avenue in
Winter Haven was fatally shot during the attempted robbery. Patel
was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detectives believe that Blake approached the food store with the intention
of robbing the store, and then shot and killed Blake prior to fleeing in a
stolen vehicle. The investigation is continuing.