March 22, 2002
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
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Angel Food Store Robbery; Manager Dead, Wife Injured
At 10:43 a.m. toady
(Mar. 22, 2002), Polk County Sheriff's deputies responded to a robbery at
the Angel Food Store located at 1401 Hwy. 92 W. 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.
At approximately 10:40 a.m. a black male described to be 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, entered the Angel Food Store.
The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, approached the manager and his
wife at the counter and demanded money. Chaiman and Hansa Patel
complied with the suspect's demands, but were shot multiple times.
After shooting both victims, the suspect fled from the scene on foot with
an undisclosed amount of money.
PCSO helicopters, K-9 units, detectives, patrol deputies, and FHP searched
a 1 to 2 mile radius surrounding the store following the shooting, but
were unable to apprehend the suspect.
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 $2000