Suspect arrested in donation jar theft at Turfway Shell station

Money raised for paralyzed Florence robbery victim

FLORENCE, KY – Police say they have arrested the man who stole two donation jars from the Shell station on Turfway Road. 

Joshua Having, 32, of Erlanger faces two counts of theft.

The money was being used to cover the expenses of Kanubai Patel, who is bed ridden from injuries he sustained battling a robber at the store.
Patel, 67, was put in a chokehold and lost the ability to move his arms and legs.

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Patel's son, Rahul Patel, said each stolen jar contained about $250, and he saw the man who took them.

“I told my uncle, 'That guy steal our jar,' ” Rahul said. “My uncle tried to catch him but we didn't.”

Officers have surveillance videos that show one man taking the jar on both occasions. They believe he escaped in a dark pickup truck. When he stole the second  jar, police said a woman “acted as his getaway driver.”

“Right now we are looking for another home and we don't have money,”  Rahul Patel said. “We collect that money.”

Rahul helps run the store, but must also now care for his father.

He said the attack changed his father’s life forever, but there has been hope for his improvement.

“Three weeks ago, doctors said his hand would never come back, but after the next day it's happening, he's moving a little bit his left hand,” Rahul said. “We trust in a God and we pray everyday to God for him.”

When Kanubai was attacked, police said Edward Sayee Dahn approached him just after midnight at the station and tried to slash him with a knife.

Patel was able to escape the knife, but officers said Dahn then grabbed and choked him. He was later taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for emergency surgery.

Dahn, 20, was charged with first-degree robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Florence police are asking anyone with information to call 859-334-5552.

WCPO's Holly Pennebaker contributed to this report.

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