Polk County Sheriff’s detectives are currently investigating a
double homicide that occurred Friday, December 7, 2007, at
the BP Station, 6000 Highway 557, near Lake Alfred, just off of
The store had closed for the evening, the clerk was inside and
two store employees were outside near the marquee, changing
the sign information.
At approximately 9:00 pm a black male, described as having a
stocky build, and wearing dark clothing, and some sort of dark
head covering, approached the locked door and shook the door.
The clerk, Prakashkumar Patel, DOB 2/20/1973, told the suspect the store was closed, he then saw
the suspect pull a handgun from his waistband. The clerk hid under the counter and then heard a
gunshot. He dialed 9-1-1, and activated the store alarm. He then heard two more shots.
After fatally shooting the two store employees outside, the suspect fled the area in an unknown direction.
The deceased have tentatively identified as Pravinkumar Chimanbha Patel, and Dashrath
Patel. The only address currently available is 202 Ronaldale Street, Haines City.
Prarvinkumar was visiting from New Jersey and had only been in the area for two days. Pashrath
had been in the area for 10 months. Detectives have been advised that neither have family in the
Sheriff Grady Judd encourages anyone with information to come forward. "Anyone who hears of
someone bragging about committing a double murder during the robbery attempt is asked to please
notify the PCSO immediately. It is painfully evident that two store employees were shot and killed in
a senseless manner. We must find this murderer as soon as possible," said Sheriff Judd.
Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact the PCSO immediately at
863.533.0344. Tips can be made anonymously at 1-800-226-TIPS.