A suspect in a June 2, 2015 San Dimas Quizno’s Sandwich Shop murder was taken into custody earlier this week, L.A. County Sheriff’s officials said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials said that the suspect entered the shop just after noon that day using a handgun to rob the store owner. Pravin Patel, the 62-year-old owner followed the suspect out of the store and attempted to detain him. During the altercation, Patel was shot and the suspect fled the scene. Patel was transported to the hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries.
Through investigation, deputies were only able to get a sketch of the suspect. The sketch was circulated with a $20,000 reward.
Over a year later, on July 12, 2016, the robbery of an armored vehicle in the town of Windsor in Sonoma County occurred. During the robbery, one of the suspects shot at the armored vehicle prior to the suspects fleeing the scene. Deputies from Sonoma County pursued the vehicle. During the pursuit, the suspect fired shots at the pursuing deputies. The suspects eventually stopped and were taken into custody without further incident.
Through investigation, deputies learned that the suspects, 23 year-old Ivan Morales and 24 year-old Sergey Gutsu were linked to other crimes throughout the state. One of the crimes linked, was suspect Gutsu to the San Dimas Quizno’s Sandwich shop robbery and murder. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives traveled to the City of Santa Rosa on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, where the interviewed the suspect who admitted to his involvement in the murder of Patel, the store owner.
Both suspects remain behind bars for attempted robbery, conspiracy, and robbery. The investigation is continuing into the 2015 San Dimas Quizno’s Sandwich Shop robbery and murder. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau as soon as possible at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org/
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