Shriya Patel: Promised Husband Massage in Oil, But Doused Him in Gasoline and Torched Him Instead, Police Say

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Shriya Patel: Investigators say the premeditation of her attack was chilling.
A 25-year-old woman is behind bars after she allegedly set her husband on fire last night in a north Austin apartment complex.

Shriya Patel, a native of India, joined her husband of one year in Austin only one week ago. A neighbor told KXAN that he heard what sounded like an argument minutes before the incident. The same man told the station that the victim, whose name was not released, told police that Patel had promised to give him a candlelit massage with oil. Instead, the victim said, she doused him in fuel and set him ablaze with the candles.

Patel reportedly told police that her husband set himself on fire. One might be forgiven for thinking that the veracity of Patel's claim is somewhat disputable, as a Walmart security tape shows her buying the materials used in the attack.

An investigator said that the level of preparation that went into the incident was chilling. "In 17 years at the fire department, I have seen burns like this but nothing that was premeditated like this," said Austin Fire Department Captain Andy Reardon. He believes that Patel not only started the fire but also, according to KVUE, covered the apartment's sprinkler heads with scarves she bought at Wal-Mart and dismantled the smoke alarm.

The 29-year-old victim is currently in a medically induced coma and in critical but stable condition in the burns unit at San Antonio's Brooke Army Medical Center.

"Why did she burn me?" he was heard to say as he was being wheeled to a medical helicopter. "Why did she burn me? All I was trying to do was love her."

Patel has been charged with arson and aggravated assault and is being held on $500,000 bond.


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guest
guest

bimal passed away.he was in a stable condition and was talking, then what happened all of a sudden?

spirit
spirit

Bimal passed away yesterday afternoon.

123
123

i knew both of em... bimal is a shy type of guy and very simple. shriya never behaved like a married woman. maybe she got married jst to go to usa. she already had a boyfrnd back in india if i m not wrong.

friend
friend

guest,is that important here??all that v should b concerned abt is, what can be done about da whole issue!!

Soni S S1
Soni S S1

she is still not talking anytg abt it???why is she not speaking up??i wish sumbody cld meet her personally and assure her its gona help if she opens up!

Caring,we believe she wont do anything like that coz we knew her personally very well..but ppl who knew bimal also says the same..so lets not assume anything that happened unless they themselves come up with what happened..any lateest updates abt her,plz post it..

Caring
Caring

hi friend.

so you know her brother in dubai? i know there ws hearing last weekend. did u know what happened. have you been talking to the lawyer......... i wish she can just get out... i hope that idiot tells the truth about what happened. i want him to survive to tell the truth

Caring
Caring

hi friend. i know it was statement day but i havent heard anything yet. will let you know about hearing if i hear somthing. do u know if the husband is awake no or talkign even.

friend
friend

caring, thank you so much for responding..i know somebody tried to meet her,but dint let the person meet her..guess yesterday was the statement day, do u have any updates on that?about what happened and what did she say?and i guess her husband is recovering, hope he tells the world, what went wrong..

Caring
Caring

to friend. i cannot go meet her as i live to far away. have to fly there and secondly,. i heard someoen did try to go and visit her and they did not let her in. you have to make appointments and they check your background and will then let you know if you can see an inmate,,,, i think she knows we are with her but she is in so much shock its hard right now. i hope that husband recovers enough to be honest about what happened.

Gruene Queen
Gruene Queen

There is more than meets the eye here. His idea of love may have included rape. Many Middle Easterners have arranged marriages, and the bride rarely has any say in it. The husbands are not always understanding or gentle either.  I would love to hear the update on this!

friend
friend

caring, her family is not able to go to US. Everything seems to be going wrong..if you are in US,is there any possibilbilty you can meet her?assure her that v all r there to support her..i am sure,she just wants that assurance..i wish i could get to talk to her..poor girl...

guest
guest

caring, her family is not able to go to US. Everything seems to be going wrong..if you are in US,is there any possibilbilty you can meet her?assure her that v all r there to support her..i am sure,she just wants that assurance..i wish i could get to talk to her..poor girl...

Caring
Caring

to friendyes i am in states. where r u ?

Caring
Caring

friend.... i know her family........and that is where i got the information that she tried to kill herself. her parents cant come here....she does have a state represented aattorney but she is not speaking at all. they keep saying she is in shock and wont open her mouth like she cant believe this is happening to her......

friend
friend

Caring, can you please confirm about what you told about shriya?how did u get this information? i am just concerned about her as a friend.. I hope you will reply. Thank you.

friend
friend

Princess P, i am shriya's friend too..this was an arrranged marriage, and initially she want happy, but later on, she said she was happy and she was very happy to go to US. To all the ppl who commented here, as princess P said, she is a very shy n timid female, she doesnt have the guts to do it. lets all stop guessing and find out what exactly happened..who knows, mayb a third person was involved..

JM
JM

I knew shriya very, very well.We grew up in middle school & when she broke up with her boyfriend, I wanted to be there for her.She called me a few months after she got married to her husband in a wedding in India.She was not happy. She could not create love in her heart for him.I do not know what happened, and I'm in no position to make a statement, but she was not a hurtful person by nature.Only an extreme situation or circumstance pushed her to this point.

Flash
Flash

There are several indisputable facts here:

1. She is timid.  Just look at her picture.2. He is a man...one who watches Indian TV.3. The neighbor has faulty ears and needs to get them checked.4. The perp's nose is in perfect working order.5. Clearly, the most effective way of teaching someone a lesson is to douse yourself with gasoline and light a match.  And to truly drive home your point you disable the sprinklers and fire alarms first.  Even the most simple minded fool knows that.

What does all of this add up to?  15.  And if you subtract 6, which is the indisputable fact I failed to mention, you get 9.  And what is the ninth letter in the alphabet? I.  and I stands for INNOCENT.

I don't think it can be made much more clear.

Lovely
Lovely

has anyone started a facebook account for her and got anything done yet

Timid
Timid

urja are you here

Caring
Caring

Princess P did u know she tried to commit suicide in jail and was hospitalized and has just been released to jail again. also she is in so much shock she isnt talking...... god please help this girl to speak out and say the truth............. if he was trying to hurt her she needs to say something

Princess_p091
Princess_p091

START A MOVEMENT VIA SOCIAL MEDIA AND MAKE HER INNOCENCE TREND ON TWITTER.WE CAN DO THIS AS A BIG GROUPSAVE AN INNOCENT LIFE. SOMEONE TAKE THE INITIATIVE MAKE THIS BIG. MAKE IT COUNT.

Princess p
Princess p

Lets start with her picture, Shows she's timid and cowardly, such people CANNOT under any circumstance carry out such highly planned crimes.A neighbour said he heard an argument? The neighbour should get his ears checked, you cannoy rely on ONE PERSON and put someone behind the bars on the basis of what the neighbor "heard". This is clearly stupidNo one would set their husband on fire in another country while being unaware of the laws and rules and regulations.a tape showing she bought gasoline does not mean anything. Her husband could have told her to buy it too. She would not fly down to kill her husband and not book a ticket out of town instantly.Her husband is clearly yelling out a dialogue from TYPICAL bollywood movies and indian tv shows. This is why the indian culture is full of superstitious shit. It encourages people like this bastard, in this case, to scheme and scream out lines that put her in the limelight. Are you trying to tell me a 29 year old man cannot smell gasoline? I can guarantee, with my criminal law background, that something is very fishy here. Clearly something has gone terribly wrong and he got burnt instead of his wife. The neighbor seems to be hand in hand with the husband. No one in India or Dubai (where she comes from) has smoke alarms and sprinklers, so the chances of her knowing that they exist are VERY LOW AND CLOSE TO IMPOSSIBLE. It is ruthless and foolish on the part of the intelligence department and police, such educated forces, to not be able to dig into the loopholes and prove she is innocent. A man yelling out his love for someone who he claims burnt him, does NOT add up. Any normal person who abuse someone who put them through this. WAKE UP EVERYONE. START A MOVEMENT. SOCIAL MEDIA AND NEWS- LET JUSTICE PREVAIL.. OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE THROUGH THE LOOPHOLES. SAVE AN INNOCENT LIFE.

jacob
jacob

well i know you know bimal... there are ppl here who know shriya too...... if she were caught at walmart question is how did she get there without a driving license. and your telling me bimal entered the house and did not smell gasoline. i pump gas at the station and get a drop on me and my whole family can smell it. getting into the bathtub for massage and shower and there is no water. kicking the door out when doors in america lock from the inside and not outside..... we are not blaming him but i am saying dont blame her either without the whole story,,,,,, and then the comments about arguments minutes before... when do you argur with your husband and suddenly decide to give him a massage.. seriously something is wrong and we need the whole story and investigation........

Guest
Guest

There are a lot of details which seem to missing in this story. This girl, was born and brought up in Dubai, UAE, a very silent and simple girl which was in the US only for a week. I can not comment on her mental status, but she has no criminal background, infact she was excited to go to the US and begin a new life with her husband. Something fishy seems to be going on. 

guest
guest

It was mentioned before that she is from middle east (Dubai). How come "boyfriend in India" is true?  Is it a made up story?

Guest
Guest

I mean shortcuts, abbreviations, etc.

Txguest
Txguest

friend, what a language!!!

friend
friend

caring..plz..lets not accuse anyone..we will just try and gather as much as info available from the right source..i dont know her brother personally..but just saw him once i guess..no contacts with lawyer or her family now..why is the news about the hearing not out yet?wont they release any news in US?

friend
friend

yes,heard her husband is out of danger,but still in induced coma..getting info from here and there..but i gues,he has started saying few words..hope he tells us what really happened..i miss my dear shreya so much..m still not out of shock!

Archsin52
Archsin52

i strongly feel she is innocent and we all should support her ..................

kit7
kit7

They are South Asian, not Middle Eastern.  But yes, we need more details.

guest1
guest1

Hi Caring, I am in the US too. Have you tried meeting her?

Guest
Guest

Caring ... are you in the states ?

guest1
guest1

 Does she have an attorney?

Guest
Guest

how do you know she tried to commit suicide

ihsdxb
ihsdxb

Create a Facebook group, invite all you can. Those of us who knew Shriya are sure to join this movement because this news has come as a rude unbelievable shock to us. All we need to do is to initialize a movement and it's sure to gain momentum. Something is terribly wrong and I really hope and pray Shriya is justified. 

nothing could justify...
nothing could justify...

Maybe we need more details to satisfy our curiousity of motive, but from what has been made public, the fact that she set him on fire is pretty undeniable.  The premeditation and planning is undenialble.  Case closed. 

Now if he made innapropriate demands or something to that effect, then what does that change?  She still tried to kill him.  We just get a better picture of why, but why does not matter as much as the actions she took? 

Some things to note:ppl drive in the US without liscences all the time.  he may have smelled the gasoline...she may have had an explanation.  how about, "I borrowed the car and spilled gas on me at the station" for instance...She very likely had a seperate container of "oil" that she filled and capped earlier in the day.She lived in the Apt for a week, which is plenty of tme to figure out how to disable fire alarms and sprinklers.

My feeling is that he wanted to consummate this marriage of 1 year now that they had been living together for a week.  Perhaps an innapropriate suggestion that set her off.  Maybe something like "if he tries to touch me again I'll kill him." 

The worse thing he could have done would mabe be a case of spousal rape.  I do not think this was the case, but either way this would never justify setting him on fire.  Barring any signs of abuse (and none were reported) this is the most horrible thing that could have happened to her, AND STILL would never justify her actions.

I think this was an arranged marriage that she did not want to be in.  She decided her husband was a loser, and perhaps was missing someone else that she just had to leave a week ago.  She probably mixed gas in with some of the oil so that she could blame an accidental hot oil massage for the fire and death.  Perhaps she thought that she would only get deported.  She won't, atleast not until after she servers life in a Texas prison as some chola's property.

Guest
Guest

I knew Bimal and he couldn't wait for his wife to get into the country! He saved up money to get everything perfect for her for when she got to America. (she was not a mail order bride). I had never met her but what I do know is Bimal is a great guy, and I have no idea why anyone would want to do such things to him. She was only here for one week! Did she just marry him to be able to come to America? It just blows my mind... No one deserves what he is going through right now. In my opinion Shriya should be charged with attempted murder! Bimal and his family are in my prayers.

Cyber_gal17
Cyber_gal17

I knew this girl from school and she was a very simple quiet girl. I am in a shock to hear this news and like many of you have pointed out, there are several details missing to this case. I am not taking anyone's side, but just knowing her personality makes it difficult to digest that she is guilty. Hope justice is served and blessings to the families.

Sunita37
Sunita37

Do you know Shriya? Could you please email me? sunita37@yahoo.com

Kylejack
Kylejack

 Yes, I too wondered what would possess someone to set their spouse on fire after one week in the country, and long before she could have applied for citizenship. I wondered if this was an arranged marriage.

Caring
Caring

i am not accusing him.....just dont think shriya would do this...........no they havent released any news in the us at all. her family i spoke to doesnt know much as well because i think the lawyer is speaking directly to her brother and i havent been able to speak to him......i hope shirya is not at fault here... i know we know her and there is no way anyone can imagine she wud do this..... but at the same time. i hear she is not talkign at all which isnt helping her case much.. but if casey anthony can get away who is guilty i am sure they wont punish an innocent person.

Guest
Guest

Friend,how do you know about bimals condition.  are you in texas or nearby states.  i am bimals freind too and not jumping to any conclusion wanting to see her get a fair chance.  does she have attorney or not.  

Princess_p
Princess_p

No one wants your one sided dumb opinions, looks like you are very capable of commiting such a crime. Take her place in jail with your evil vindictive nasty mind you son of a bitch

I call BULL$h1*
I call BULL$h1*

Woah you are an idiot.A misogynist idiot to be exact.

You clearly have way too much time on your hands to write down a reply almost as long as the article itself. Nothing has been proven, it is all circumstantial.

I knew this girl from high school. There is no way, NO WAY she could have done this.If anything, she was being forced into doing something she didn't want to.An act of self defense, perhaps pushing him away from her, caused a candle to get knocked down and started the subsequent fire.

And where exactly would she be deported to after serving 'life' in a texas prison? Last I heard, there was no express elevator to the afterlife.And chola is an extremely derogatory term.

Educate yourself.

guest
guest

Friends... i understand your emotions but court of law needs proof. There is a very general tendency of sympathy going to victim but surely a case cannot close based on sympathy. having said all the angles need to be looked into of Biman cousing self injury to teach a lession, may be due to any reason or she doing it. She deserves a fair chance to explain and rest police to collect the evidance. I have few doubts in this case, how in one week she understood the entire system to flout it i.e covering water sprinkle, switching off fire alarm, purchase of gasoline which is quick fire catcher. Her past history is very moderate and clean with no agreesion sign, very timid and soft spoken. If her involvement is established she deserves pusnishment but if she needs a fair investigation and presentation of the case facts, it should be done. She does not have any support in US hence not sure who will represent her or how the lawyer will be hired.

Princess
Princess

You only knew the guy, not the girl. You are clearly a perfect example of a biased uneducated dickhead who gives one sided opinions. The girl was very timid and shy and cowardly all her life. It is impossible for her to commit such a crime in another country and think she would get away with it. The man seems a jerk, instead of yelling for help he schemed to yell out "Why did she burn me when i tried to love her". This is a perfect adaptation of Indian tv shows and their dialogues. He clearly was using a tactic to put her behind the bars forever while he could continue with his extra marital affair. May he rot in hell for ruining an innocent life.

Guest
Guest

Has she had a court hearing. I had heard end of may. Not sure what date. Anyone heard from shriya lately.

friend
friend

guest, got this information that he is out of danger, from the people in her family..yes she has a lawyer.i m not in US..or nearby states.

Aaj
Aaj

Yes, princess is causing damage to Shriya.

Guest
Guest

PrincessP, some of your comments, I can say only few sound right and reasonable.. but most of the comments are unreasonable, biased..  your comments may cause people loose their sympathy on Shriya.. I am not sure whether you are playing a negative role to make things worse to Shriya, or your innosense is causing damage to Shriya.

I don't know either of them. but as per comments people know both Bimal and Shriya, and they posted their comments, opinions.. and based on that both of them are nice people.. sp, basically some information is missing.. if you can provide your analysis that will be helpful... just by cursing others, I don't think you will gain anything..

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