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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Have You Seen This Man? Police Seek Suspect in Winterthur Murder

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Fairfax Police are looking for an Indian man believed to be involved in the early Saturday death of Bharat P. Patel, 40 of Winterthur Lane in South Reston. It's the first time we've seen an honest-to-goodness wanted poster from the Fairfax Police, although the details of what happened are somewhat sketchy.
Officers responded to the 11900 block of Winterthur Lane in Reston for a fight on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at approximately 12:45 a.m. The officers did not find any fight. Approximately one hour later a missing person report was made at Hunter Woods Plaza. An investigation lead the officers back to Winterthur Lane where a body was found with trauma to the upper body.

The deceased has been identified as Bharat P. Patel, 40 of 11913 Winterthur Lane. The cause and manner of death are not available.
Here's the information on the suspect:
The above pictured man is a suspect in a murder that occurred on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at approximately 12:44 a.m. in the 11900 block of Winterthur Lane in Reston, Virginia. He should be considered dangerous.

The suspect is described as an Indian male, 25-35 years old; approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall with a thin build. The suspect was wearing a gray long sleeve shirt with a thin orange stripe down the sleeves and blue jeans.

If you have any information about the person in the above images, please contact Detective Robert Bond of the Homicide Squad at 703 246 4057 or Callers who wish to remain anonymous can leave any information with Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637.
We believe this is the first murder in Reston since the December 2011 shooting of Colvin Morris at Crescent Apartments near Lake Anne.

Update: Patel was an owner/franchisee of the Dunkin' Donuts that opened last week in Hunters Woods Shopping Center.

Some Action McNews footage, if you're into such things:

Twitter operative "JKREW" posted this photo of Action McNews trucks converging on the Hunters Woods Dunkin' Donuts.

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"Grand opening of a Dunkin Donuts... Owner gets murdered. Vulture news crews. Gotta love Reston, VA," he writes.


  1. Rest in peace, Mr. Patel. My condolences to your family, friends and associates. May the person responsible for your death be brought to justice quickly.

  2. I dont live that far from Reston community center and I gotta say I'm shocked that it happened :(

  3. Why are so many Dunkin Donuts franchises on the East Coast run by folks of Indian background? Wall Street Journal had an article about this business support network at Dunkin Donuts years ago but I can't locate it now.


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