Man sought in lawyer’s loss of life on US Marshals fugitive checklist

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Man sought in lawyer's death on US Marshals fugitive list

Updated 4:07 PM EST, Sunday November 29, 2020

NORTHBROOK, IL (AP) – A man wanted in connection with a lawyer’s strangulation death in suburban Chicago in 2016 has been named one of the US Marshals’s most wanted refugees.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, there is a $ 25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of 54-year-old John Panaligan. Authorities claim he strangled 36-year-old real estate attorney Victor Jigar Patel in his Northbrook office in 2016.

At the time, Patel was representing plaintiffs suing Panaligan in civil court. Authorities claim Panaligan made an appointment at the law firm under a pseudonym and allegedly wore a disguise.

The Marshals Service said Panaligan allegedly fled to Mexico before authorities could arrest him. In 2017 authorities believed he was in the Philippines, where he has a family and property, but now “they believe he could be anywhere”. According to authorities, Panaligan retains dual citizenship in the US and the Philippines.

“This senseless crime claimed the life of a man who was husband and father of two young children,” Donald Washington, director of the US Marshal Service, said in the statement. “The US Marshals and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will use all available resources to bring John Panaligan to justice on the heinous allegations surrounding the murder of Victor Jigar Patel.”

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