Case: Shopkeeper attacked in Mill Hill: Vijay Patel
Vijay Patel
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Shopkeeper Vijay Patel, 49, died two days after being assaulted at a convenience store in Mill Hill.

He was working at Rota Express in The Broadway when three teenagers tried to buy cigarette papers without identification.

They reacted aggressively to being refused service and threatened to vandalise the shop.

Mr Patel, from Colindale, was struck by one of the group on the pavement outside and collapsed, suffering critical injuries.

The suspects then fled in the direction of Mill Hill Broadway station.

Police were called to the scene at around 11.45pm on 6 January 2018. Mr Patel was taken to hospital and died at 7.01pm on 8 January.

A 16 year-old boy, who cannot be identified, was arrested late on 8 January and charged with murder the following day.

On 10 January two boys aged 15 and 16 were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder after attending a police station followin a police appeal.

Detective Inspector Ian Lott of the Homicide and Major Crime Command said:“This was an unprovoked and wholly unnecessary attack on a man who was just trying to do his job.

“While one male has been charged with Vijay’s murder, I still need the public’s help to ensure all those who were involved in this incident are identified and held to account for their actions.”

Anyone with any information about the identity of the three suspects or their current whereabouts is asked to contact the Incident Room on 020 8358 0200, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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