HANOVER, Md. — The FBI is adding an Indian American man wanted in his wife's stabbing death at the Dunkin' Donuts shop where they worked to its "Most Wanted" list, according to an AP report.
The FBI announced April 18 that 27-year-old Bhadreshkumar Patel is now one of its "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives," with a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.
Patel is charged with murder in the 2015 slaying of 21-year-old Palak Patel, in a back room of the shop in Hanover, Maryland. He was last seen in New Jersey, taking a hotel shuttle to Newark Penn Station.
Investigators theorize that Palak Patel wanted to return to India, but her husband didn't. They believe he could be with relatives in the United States or that he fled to Canada or India.
According to an earlier story in India-West, the FBI was ramping up its efforts to catch the Maryland resident.
Acting on the belief that Patel was in the New York metro area, the feds unveiled a "wanted" billboard in Times Square to help solicit tips, NBC News reported.
Authorities had earlier released new surveillance footage of Palak Patel's final moments.
The couple worked together at the store, and the video captures them in the back before disappearing behind baking racks just before midnight. Several customers were still out front waiting to be served, the FBI said.
Moments later, the footage shows only Bhadreshkumar Patel emerging from the back room. A customer later called police after no workers could be located, NBC New York reported in April 2015.
Anne Arundel County police say Palak Patel was stabbed to death with a large kitchen knife. Her husband faces charges of first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and a weapons offense.