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Two Charged in Doughnut Shop Murder

October 16, 1998

PALMER PARK, Md. (AP) _ Two Maryland men were charged Friday with first-degree murder in the double slaying, robbery and fire at a doughnut shop.

Trone Ashford, 26, and John Epps IV, 20, both of Temple Hills, Md., were charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of assault each. Police were looking for a third suspect, Alicia Holloway, 17, of Fort Washington, Md.

``This was a premeditated armed robbery with an arson to cover up the evidence,″ said Prince George’s County Police Chief John Farrell.

Three employees of a Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Camp Springs, Md., were shot execution-style in the food preparation area early Thursday morning, police said. The store was set on fire after being robbed and firefighters who arrived to battle the blaze found the two dead victims in the rubble, authorities said. The third employee was seriously wounded but survived reportedly because he pretended to be dead.

Police also are looking for an unidentified woman witnesses say was in the store before the fire.

The two men killed in the robbery, Kanu Patel, 28, and Moukesh Patel, 35, were cousins. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

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