Man wanted for killing father arrested in Massachusetts

UPDATE — Sohan Panjrolia extradited to Philadelphia and charged.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The man wanted for killing his father in their Bustleton home over the weekend was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Harvard Square, in Cambridge, Mass.

ARRESTED: Sohan Panjrolia, from Philadelphia Police Department.

According to The Harvard Crimson,

“Harvard affiliates received an alert that there was a ‘potentially armed’ individual”

and Sohan Panjrolia was arrested less than 30 minutes later.

It apparently wasn’t an easy arrest.

Harvard made an alert through its emergency notification system at about 12:13pm, telling people in the area to seek shelter because of a “potentially armed assailant.”

At about 12:40, Cambridge police tweeted about the search and included a photo of Panjrolia.

First, officers chased him down JFK Street and into the Garage, a building that houses several restaurants and stores.

The paper quoted several witnesses.


“said she saw Panjrolia run into the building followed by five or six police officers who took him down ‘straight away.’”

People evacuated the building. Workers at a Subway restaurant helped bystanders leave through the back.

Finally, witnesses said police officers tackled Panjrolia and dragged him outside, where they arrested him.

The manager of a Tasty Burger restaurant added that a U.S. Marshal came to look at their footage, but it wasn’t necessary after the arrest.

Sohan Panjrolia, from Cambridge Police Department.

Philadelphia police had been looking for Panjrolia since this past Saturday, Aug. 3. They said that night, at about 9:30pm, they responded to the scene of a domestic shooting in a home on the 1900 block of Conwell Avenue in Bustleton.

Officers found Mahendra B. Panjrolia, 60,

“in the living room area suffering from a significant gunshot wound to the head.”

He was pronounced dead within minutes.

Police said their preliminary investigation found

“the victim was home with his 31-year-old son and his wife. The son went upstairs and retrieved an assault rifle and went into a first floor bathroom, discharging the weapon once. The son exited the bathroom and then pointed the gun in the direction of his parents. He fired multiple shots at his father, striking him in the head.”

Then the son, Sohan Panjrolia, left with the assault rifle in his 1999 gray Toyota Camry. The car was found several blocks away but Sohan Panjrolia was not.

Police added Sohan suffers from schizophrenia, and may be using other narcotics; he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Panjrolia’s LinkedIn page says he served as a research assistant at Harvard Business School in 2010 and as a “course assistant” at the university in 2011.

His latest claim on the social networking site is he is an associate at Trilogy Holdings in the Greater New York City area, but Trilogy’s website says it’s headquartered in Austin, Texas, with offices in Bangalore, India and Hangzhou, China.

The Crimson also reported

“Panjrolia is a former Harvard Extension School student, who graduated in 2013.”


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