Deceased: Bimal Patel, Asian male, (D. O. B. 11/30/82)
On Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 8:17 a.m., Bimal died at the Brooke Army Medical Center, the Army Burn Center as a result of the injuries he sustained on April 17, 2012. The death has been ruled a Homicide by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office. Shriya Biman Patel is being held at the Travis County jail on charges of Aggravated Assault/Family Violence and Arson, both 1st Degree Felonies. Bond was set at $500,000 for each charge. Murder charges are pending.
On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 North East Area Command patrol officers responded to a family disturbance at 12349 Metric Blvd. #223. The responding officer was initially flagged down by witnesses in the complex and directed to the involved apartment. Upon entry, the patrol officer observed a 29 year old naked male subject lying on the apartment’s floor with what appeared to be severe burns to his body. Also present was an Asian female, later identified as the suspect:
Shriya Biman Patel, Asian female, (D. O. B. 9/17/86)
The responding officer further noticed a strong odor which he believed to be gasoline in the apartment requiring patrol officers to ventilate the apartment by opening additional doors and windows for the continued safety of the victim and responding emergency units.
Follow up by detectives assigned to the Homicide and Domestic Violence Units and investigators with the Austin Fire Department resulted in evidence being located and recovered from the residence.
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