On Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:15 p.m., 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. 09-17-1986)
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. Patel has been charged with:
Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon – Family Violence, a 1st Degree Felony, and bond is set at $500,000.
The victim who is the husband of the suspect remains in critical condition at the Brooke Army Medical Unit in San Antonio, Texas.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Family Violence Unit at (512) 974-8535.