April 12, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, (863) 534-6631 or
Suspects Caught On Video Linked To Homicide/Robbery At Angel Food Store
Sheriff's Office Homicide Detectives have linked three unidentified
suspects caught on videotape committing a robbery at a car wash to the
homicide/robbery of an Auburndale convenience store manager in March.
The homicide/robbery occurred at around 10:43 a.m. on Mar. 22, 2002, at
the Angel Food Store located at 1401 Hwy 92 West in Auburndale.
During the robbery, both the manager, Chaiman Patel, DOB 5/1/48, of
Lakeland, and his wife, Hansa Patel, DOB 9/20/47, were shot multiple
times. Chaiman Patel was pronounced dead at the scene and his wife
was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where she received
treatment for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is described as a
black male in his 20's, with a slender build, wearing a black do rag or
bandana, black cargo style pants and a black long sleeve shirt. He was
armed with a handgun. After shooting both victims, the suspect fled
from the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.
Follow-up investigation into the homicide revealed a definite link between
the suspect in the Angel Food Store homicide and a car wash robbery in
which three suspects were captured on video. The car wash robbery occurred
on Mar. 28, 2002, at approximately 1 a.m. at the Wash-N-Rite car
wash located in the 2600 block of Avenue V NW in Winter Haven. Three black
male suspects approached a couple while they were washing their car and
attempted to rob them. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun. The
victims fled from the scene, unharmed, before they could be robbed. All
three suspects are described as black males, between the ages of 18 to 20
years old, approximately 5'10 and of average build.
Detectives are asking for the media and the public's assistance in
identifying the suspects. Video from the car wash robbery is
available in two formats:
The suspects are
pictured in the background of the video as they enter and then leave the
Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of the suspect is asked
to contact Polk County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).
Callers can remain completely anonymous and be eligible for up to a $2,000