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Police Make Arrest in Winterthur Death

Abir Ali of Prince George's County charged with murder after acquaintance Bharat Patel found dead last week.

Fairfax County Police have made an arrest in the near his apartment in the 11900 block of Winterthur Lane on Saturday.

Detectives arrested Abir Ali, 20, of Prince George’s County, MD at noon on Thursday following a search of his home. Ali is being held by the Office of the Sheriff in Prince George’s County and will be extradited to Fairfax County to face charges, said police public information officer Eddy Azcarate.

Ali has been charged with murder.

Patel, 40, was part-owner of the new which opened on June 6. Ali was a family friend of Patel's who had assisted in the opening of the store, Azcarate said.

Police were called to the Winterthur Apartments near Hunters Woods just after midnight on Saturday in response to a fight. They arrived at the scene but found  no fight. They returned after 2 a.m., when Patel was reported missing.

Police then found Patel dead in the bushes. An autopsy revealed he suffered blunt force trauma to the upper body. Police do not have details on a murder weapon or motive.

The death was Reston's first homicide of 2012.

Karen Goff June 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Bridget - The police have not released the mug shot yet. I will post it as soon as I see it.
Ash June 21, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Perhaps the witness that gave the description to the police artist needs glasses.
Cindy June 22, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Karen - do you know why all the police were off of Twins Branches and Branford earlier this week?
Karen Goff June 22, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Have not heard anything.
Ailee England October 16, 2012 at 04:47 PM
I would like to know if there is a place in Reston for people to vote early. I know about the Government Center in Fairfax, Aileen

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