Indian doctor killed by someone who stole his car, Washington police say

By Arul Louis

New York, March 11 (IANS): An Indian-born doctor was killed by people who allegedly stole his Mercedes Benz and hit him with the car, according to Washington police.

Police say the suspect entered Rakesh Patel’s car while he was outside and punched him as he fled in the vehicle on Tuesday.

Police have announced a $25,000 reward for the capture of the person(s) involved in the murder.

While the car was recovered, the suspects had not been captured as of Thursday.

WJLA TV said when Patel, 33, got out of his car to give his girlfriend a package, the thieves got into the car and started driving away.

“In panic, he ran after them to get to the car. The car thieves ran him over killing him” while his “girlfriend watched in horror,” the TV channel reported.

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 called him my baby.”

Calling the murder senseless, she asked, “For what? A car”?

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

The Washington Post reported that carjackings in Washington “increased 200% from 2019 to 2021 and continue to rise this year.”

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

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