Car theft killed Indian-origin doctor: Washington police

According to Washington police, an Indian-origin doctor was killed by men who allegedly stole his Mercedes-Benz and hit him with a car.

Police said the suspect entered Rakesh Patel’s car when he was outside and rammed him while fleeing from the vehicle on Tuesday.

Police have announced a reward of $25,000 to nab those involved in the murder.

The car was recovered, but the suspects were yet to be apprehended as of Thursday.

WJLA TV reported that when the 33-year-old Patel got out of the car to deliver the package to his girlfriend, thieves entered the car and started running away.

As the TV station reported, “in a panic, he somehow ran after them in front of the car. Car thieves knocked him down and killed him”, while his “girlfriend looked on in horror”.

According to NBC4 Washington TV, Patel’s father and two siblings are also doctors.

He was the youngest child and his mother Charulatta Patel told the station: “I always used to call him my child”.

Describing the murder as absurd, he asked: “For what? A car”?

Washington, like places across the US, has seen a huge increase in carjackings, vehicle thefts and major crimes following anti-police protests following the killing of an African-American man by police two years ago in Minnesota.

The Washington Post reported that carjacking in Washington “increased 200 percent from 2019 to 2021, and continues to increase this year”.

Last March, a Pakistani food delivery man was killed by two girls aged 13 and 15, who robbed his car.

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