“Behind every strong independent girl is a dumbass guy who did her wrong & made her who she is today.” ~ Unknown
I kind of was hoping not to give these kinds of awards out any more. But stupid is as stupid does. INDEED!!
34 year old, Reena Patel, is now behind bars because she foolishly decided to try and hire someone to kill her husband for her.
This story has a particular flavor to it, rather than the mundane garbage that gets made into primetime television movies or mini-series. This one was close to home.
The police said that she had approached teenagers at an apartment complex last week seeking to have her husband killed was charged with solicitation of capital murder, according to an arrest warrant affidavit released on Monday.
Patel is being held in a Travis County Jail with bail set at $1 million.
Police said they questioned Patel when she visited a North Austin apartment complex on Wednesday afternoon and offered a group of teens $4,000 to “take care of” her husband. The conversation was overheard by an adult, who called authorities.
“You could tell she was serious that she was willing to give or do anything to get it done,” said Ebony Pettiford, a witness. “Anyone’s willing to do anything for a whole big sum of money and materialistic things.”
When police arrived, the affidavit says, Patel told officers she was lost and stopped to get directions.
She was told that she was in a high-crime area and would have been better off visiting a business nearby for directions back to her home in the Steiner Ranch area across the opposite side of the city.
The affidavit also said Patel told police that she was a dentist working part time and was due to pick up her children from day care.
When she was told by police that residents overheard the conversation about having her husband killed, the affidavit said Patel did not appear surprised.
Police later contacted he husband. He told them he and his wife had argued the night before because the dentist office had not paid his wife. He told her he planned to sue the office for the wages owed, the affidavit said.
Officers then contacted the Texas Board of Dental Examiners and learned that Patel had never applied for a license to practice dentistry in the state.
“(The husband) stated that he and his wife had had a dispute over stating that she had been employed, and she had – in fact – not been employed,” said Sgt. Scott Ehlert.
Police also learned that Patel’s husband – a local doctor – had a $2 million life insurance policy.
There is a protection order against Patel. If she gets out of jail, she is not allowed near her husband or their two small children.
Now here’s the scary part.
That little neighborhood that she strolled into because she was told was a high crime area, is only about two blocks away from where “I” live.
And yes, I will concur that the area in which she was in is VERY high crime. As a matter of fact, my sister and I call it “Murderer’s Row” because the some of the last few violent crimes that led to murder happened in that neighborhood. And before anyone starts freaking out…. I am fine. I do not go near there if at all possible.
Yet this woman is stupid enough to think that she’s going to get away with it. And with what we know about the case, it sounds like a case of greed, wanting her husband’s life insurance money. The policy was something that she was aware of. And when she pulled into that neighborhood, she spoke to ANYONE who would listen to her, asking several people to do the job for her. As long as that person had done it before 3:30 in the afternoon, which is the time the husband was to come home and the two small children were return from school. She only had $700 on her, but the police did find $4,000 which went along with the story that was reported by a concerned neighbor.
The teenager that agreed to “do the job” was only 16 years old. Believing that because of his age, the court system would only give him a slap on the wrist.