Composite sketch of the suspect sought in the June 2, 2015 murder of restaurant owner Pravin Patel in San Dimas. Courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Composite sketch of the suspect sought in the June 2, 2015 murder of restaurant owner Pravin Patel in San Dimas. Courtesy Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A $20,000 reward was offered Wednesday for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever killed the 62-year-old owner of a Quiznos restaurant in San Dimas.

Pravin Raojibhai Patel was shot around 3:20 p.m. June 2 after confronting the suspect, who had just robbed his store in the 1000 block of West Arrow Highway, the sheriff’s department reported.

According to detectives, the suspect approached the cashier’s counter brandishing a semiautomatic handgun and demanding money, and Patel gave him a bag containing an undisclosed amount of cash. Patel then followed the robber outside, where a brief struggle ensued in the parking lot and he was shot, the sheriff’s department reported. Patel died that night at a hospital.

The suspect was described as a man in his late 20s, white or Hispanic, about six feet tall and weighing 175 pounds. He was wearing a black cap, black shirt, and dark shorts with a plaid pattern.

A $20,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest was approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Detectives and family members planned a news conference this afternoon to seek public help in solving the crime.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call sheriff’s homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

—City News Service

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